JAKARTA, Indonesia – A suspected extremist plotted with other Islamic militants on Facebook to bomb the Burma Embassy to avenge the killing of Rohingya Muslims, a court heard Wednesday (November 6th) according to AFP.
Separiano could face the death penalty over the plan to attack the Jakarta mission in May. Several men were arrested over the plot. Separiano is the first to go on trial.
Prosecutor Susilo told South Jakarta District Court that Separiano was radicalised over several years after attending sermons by an extremist preacher at a central Jakarta mosque.
He also attended several sermons by firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, the terror network behind the 2002 Bali bombings.
It was on Facebook that the suspect, who studied bomb-making on the Internet and bought bomb-making materials, met his co-conspirators and alleged mastermind Sigit Indrajid, who leads the Negara Islam Indonesia (Islamic State of Indonesia) group, the prosecutor said. At one point Sigit allegedly posted messages on Facebook that called for violent retaliation against Burma.