Monday, April 18, 2005
What is it with KFC and "Terrorism"?
'KFC bomber' faces death penality
THE alleged mastermind of a series of bombings – including a strike on a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet – that killed three people on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, went on trial today and faces a possible death penalty if convicted.Under heavy guard, Muhammad Agung Hamid took the stand in the district court in Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, accused of planning attacks on a KFC and a car showroom in the city on December 5, 2002.
Prosecutors took turns to read the 400-page indictment in which they accused Mr Hamid, who goes by several aliases, of terrorism. The 36-year-old was charged under tough laws that carry a maximum death sentence.
They accused Mr Hamid of having "planned or motivated others to engage in acts of terrorism," and of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
Mr Hamid was on the run for almost two years before he was arrested in the university city of Yogyakarta, in Central Java, last October.
A total of 17 other verdicts, ranging from acquittals to jail sentences of up to 18 years, have been issued by the same court in Makassar over the same bombings.
Police have said some of those involved in the Makassar bombings were associated with militants involved in the blasts in Bali on October 12, 2002 that killed 202 people.
Investigators have blamed the Bali attack on Jemaah Islamiyah, an Al-Qaeda-linked regional terror network.
The trial was adjourned for one week.