- The Washington Times - Monday, February 17, 2003

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 17 (UPI) — Indonesian investigators Monday turned over evidence against a key suspect in last October's Bali bombings to prosecutors who have two weeks to decide if Ali Gufron will be tried.

Gufron, the alleged coordinator of the al Qaida linked Jemaah Islamiyah, faces terrorism-related charges and if convicted could be executed.

Pasek Suartha, of the Bali deputy prosecutor's office, said the island's prosecutor's office would have two weeks to review the 1,046-page long dossier submitted Monday to determine if police had sufficient evidence for a trial.

Gufron is accused of being the planner and the field coordinator of the Oct. 12, 2002, bombings of two nightclubs in Bali. The blasts, which hit the island's favorite tourist spot — Kuta beach - killed at least 196 people, mostly foreign tourists.

At least 25 people, including Guffron, have been arrested in connection with the blasts and more suspects are believed to be on the run.

On Wednesday, police are scheduled to submit evidence on Imam Samudra, the alleged mastermind of the attacks, to the prosecutor's office. Evidence will also be turned in against three other suspects in the case — Rauf, Junaedi and Yudi, who like many Indonesians are known by one name.

All men are in custody as is Ali Imron, another of the key accused.

Investigators say Gufron, Samudra and Imron are members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a regional militant group believed to have links with al Qaida.

Abu Bakar Baasyir, 64, the alleged spiritual leader of the group, has been detained in Jakarta, and is expected to be charged.

Also Monday, Amrozi, another of the suspects in the case, faces new charges, including the illegal possession of weapons and ammunition. Amrozi, the owner of the minivan that was used to carry the explosives that blew up the Sari Club in Bali, is also being tried for his alleged role in the church bombings on Christmas Eve 2000 in East Java town of Mojokerto.

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