Ba’asyir insists on keeping mouth shut

Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, who has been named a terror suspect, has remained and will keep silent during police questioning, his lawyer says.

Achmad Midan of the Muslim Lawyers Team said on Saturday his client would only speak in court.

“We will wait until the trial begins. He [Ba’asyir] exercises his legitimate right as a suspect not to speak,” Achmad told

Ba’asyir was arrested in the West Java town of Banjar on Monday and has since refused to respond to investigators during questioning at the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta, except for his biodata and the process of his arrest.

National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Edward Aritonang had previously said Ba’asyir’s silence would be detrimental to himself.

Achmad said, however, his client did not think his non-cooperative option would disadvantage him.

“He has stood trial twice for the same charges. Let’s wait for his trial,” Achmad said.

Police accuse Ba’asyir of organizing and funding a military training for terrorists in Aceh. The Supreme Court acquitted him from terrorism charges in 2004 and 2006.

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