Monday, August 01, 2005

Al Qaeda bankrolled Jakarta embassy bombing

CANBERRA (Reuters) -
Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network bankrolled last year's bombing outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, a key militant charged for the attack told Indonesian police, the Australian newspaper said on Monday.In a police interrogation, Rois, also known as Iwan Dharmawan, said a courier had delivered a bundle of Australian dollars to fugitive Malaysian bomb maker Azahari bin Husin, the newspaper said.
Rois, who was arrested late last year, said Azahari told him the bombing cost as much as A$10,000 ($7,600), and that the money came from bin Laden.
Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said interviews in Indonesia had found a link between al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiah (JI).
"We know over a long period of time that al Qaeda has been supporting and funding some of JI's operations. What we've learned from the questioning in Indonesia is that those linkages remain in place," Ruddock told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.


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