October 30, 2002

AUSTRALIAN POLICE are going after Jemaah Islamiyah cells:

Sydney – Australian police Wednesday swooped on the homes of Moslems thought to be linked to the radical Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiah (JI) movement that is suspected of having a hand in the deadly bombings in Bali.

The raids on two houses in Sydney and two in Perth followed swiftly on the listing of JI as a proscribed organization over the weekend. . . .

The banning of JI over the weekend means anyone belonging to it, recruiting for it, training or offering training, financing it or receiving money from it is breaking the law and could be jailed for up to 25 years, regardless of nationality.

Note that this is tougher than anything under the USA Patriot Act.