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Indonesia bombing trial begins
A casualty is taken away on a stretcher after the blast in Jakarta - september 2004
Nine people, including the bomber, were killed in the blast
A man has gone on trial in Indonesia for his alleged involvement in last year's bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta.

Irun Hidayat is charged with helping to plan, and motivate other people to carry out, acts of terrorism.

Mr Hidayat denied any connection with the bombing, which killed 11 people, including a suicide bomber.

He is the first person to stand trial over the September attack, and could face the death penalty if found guilty.

The prosecutor in the case, Sodikin, told the court that Mr Hidayat was a religious influence on the suicide bomber, Heri Kurniwan.

"The defendant (and others) then brought the car... and the explosives," Sodikin said in a written indictment.

Mr Hidayat reportedly appeared calm and said he was innocent.

"I have no knowledge of the bombing at the Australian embassy," he told the court.

The trial was adjourned until 23 March.

Prosecutors allege the attack was carried out on the Australian embassy as a result of Canberra's support for the US during the war in Iraq.

The attack has been blamed on Jemaah Islamiah, a group alleged to have links to al-Qaeda, which has also been connected to the 2002 Bali bomb attack.

The men believed to have masterminded the embassy bombing, Malaysians Azahari Husin and Noordin Mohammed Top, are still at large.

Mr Hidayat's trial comes just weeks after the Indonesian Muslim cleric, Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment for conspiracy in connection with the Bali bombing, in which more than 200 people were killed.


SEE ALSO:
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24 Nov 04 |  Asia-Pacific
In pictures: Embassy attack
09 Sep 04 |  In Pictures
Jemaah Islamiah still a threat
15 Aug 03 |  Asia-Pacific


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