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Southeast Asia
Malaysian court halts deportation of Abu Jibril
A Malaysian court Wednesday granted an Indonesian named as a senior member of the Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) terror network a stay against his deportation, the official Bernama news agency reported. Mohamad Iqbal Abdul Rahman, also known as Abu Jibril, was released in August after two years in detention but immediately held by the immigration department pending deportation to Indonesia. The alleged militant, who held permanent resident status in Malaysia, then appealed to the High Court against a declaration that he is an undesirable person and a prohibited immigrant. The court said it would deliver judgement on November 11. The release of Mohamad Iqbal has raised eyebrows as Malaysia is still holding more than 90 other Muslim militants. Many are suspected members of JI, the al-Qaeda-linked Southeast Asian network blamed for a string of attacks including last year's Bali bombings. Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda has said police would question Mohamad Iqbal about his possible links to terrorism if he was sent back to Indonesia.
Posted by:Fred Pruitt

#1  I have to go get my eyes checked - I read that as Abu Gerbil (insert (gerbil) Richard Gere joke (somewhere) here).
Posted by: Raj   2003-10-9 1:00:16 PM