Ham­bali to re­main in Guan­tanamo

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WASH­ING­TON: South­east Asian terror mas­ter­mind Rid­uan Isamud­din, bet­ter known as Ham­bali, will not be freed from Guan­tanamo Bay af­ter US of­fi­cials re­jected his bid for re­lease.

Ham­bali ap­peared be­fore the Pe­ri­odic Re­view Board at Guan­tanamo in Au­gust seek­ing his re­lease af­ter 10 years in de­ten­tion with­out charge.

A US govern­ment body tasked with re­duc­ing the num­ber of in­mates at Guan­tanamo said the In­done­sian mil­i­tant, who has been im­pli­cated in a se­ries of high­pro­file at­tacks, is still a “sig­nif­i­cant threat to the se­cu­rity of the United States”.

The de­ci­sion is likely to be wel­comed by gov­ern­ments in South­east Asia as signs in­di­cate the in­flu­ence of Is­lamic State has sparked a resur­gence in mil­i­tancy.

Ham­bali, who was cap­tured in 2003, is be­lieved to be al-Qaeda’s top rep­re­sen­ta­tive in South­east Asia and op­er­a­tional chief of re­gional mil­i­tant group Je­maah Is­lamiyah.

He was ac­cused of help­ing mas­ter­mind the 2002 Bali bomb­ings that left 202 peo­ple dead, and plot­ting other at­tacks in In­done­sia, as well as on US air­lin­ers. – AFP

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