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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 September, 2003, 15:50 GMT 16:50 UK
Terror suspects' assets frozen
Fathur Rohman al-Ghozi
Filipino jail breaker Fathur Rohman al-Ghozi is included on the list
The United States has frozen the assets of 20 suspected members of the South East Asian Muslim militant group, Jemaah Islamiah (JI).

The group has been widely blamed for bomb attacks in Bali and Jakarta.

At a news conference after the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) meeting in Thailand, US Treasury Secretary John Snow told reporters he had submitted the names to the United Nations to be added to a global list of proscribed people and groups.

The names "are all known to Asian countries", Mr Snow said.

They include Mukhlas and Imam Samudra, two Indonesian nationals on trial for the Bali bomb attacks, and Fathur Rohman al-Ghozi, a Filipino bomb maker who has recently escaped from jail in Manila.

If the names are added to the UN list - JI itself has been included since October last year - then all UN member states will be required to follow suit.

Al-Qaeda link

Washington's own list of "specially designated global terrorists" - a category instituted by the wide-ranging USA Patriot Act of 2001 - includes 305 individuals and groups. Worldwide, assets worth almost $140m have been frozen in the past two years.

Bali bomb attack
More than 200 people were killed in the Bali bombings

JI is suspected to have links with the al-Qaeda group led by Osama bin Laden.

It is also suspected of being responsible for a number of attacks, including the Bali nightclub bombing in October 2002 which killed more than 200 people, and an attack on a Jakarta hotel last month.

Several alleged members are now in custody or have been convicted of involvement in the attacks.

They include suspected ringleader Hambali, who was arrested in Thailand in August and handed over to US authorities.

Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir has been cleared of being the spiritual leader of JI, although he was convicted of subversion against the Indonesian Government.

The judges in his case said there was not enough evidence to prove he was JI's spiritual leader, although prosecutors say they may retry the 65-year-old cleric should new evidence arise.




SEE ALSO:
US freezes Hamas accounts
23 Aug 03  |  Middle East
Jemaah Islamiah still a threat
15 Aug 03  |  Asia-Pacific
Pakistan freezes Bin Laden cash
21 Jun 03  |  South Asia


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