01 Sept 2006
JAKARTA, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Indonesian police have arrested a prison
guard over the smuggling of a laptop for a man on death row for the
2002 Bali bombings, police and his lawyer said on Friday.
The arrest came after police revealed last month that Bali bomber Imam
Samudra had used a laptop in his Bali prison cell to chat via the
Internet with co-conspirators about fund-raising for attacks through
online credit card fraud.
"He has been detained for seven days. Investigators are looking into
evidence and information from witnesses," national police spokesman
Bambang Kuncoko told reporters.
The prison guard's lawyer, Achmad Michdan, said he had been officially
named a suspect.
"He's accused of being an accessory to an act of terrorism," Michdan
Police said the laptop was bought by one of two computer experts who
were arrested last month on suspicion of "cyber terrorism".
Samudra and two other militants, Amrozi and Ali Gufron, have been on
death row for more than two years after courts convicted them of
playing leading roles in the October 2002 nightclub bombings in Bali
that killed 202 people, most of them tourists.
While they were in prison, suicide bombings ripped through three
restaurants on the tourist island of Bali last October, killing 20
Samudra, Gufron and Amrozi have since been transferred to an island
prison off the southern coast of Java island, where they await
The attorney-general's office last month delayed the executions of the
three men, citing a judicial review by defence lawyers.
The bombings in Bali have been blamed on the Southeast Asian Islamic
militant group, Jemaah Islamiah, which authorities say has links with
Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.
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