Ageing muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was visibly exhausted as he fronted a Jakarta court to face terrorism charges on Monday.
Bashir, 72, was less vocal than usual during his court appearance, choosing not to make a statement from his cell before being taken to the courtroom as he normally does.
He was visited twice by his medical team before being led to the courtroom.
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Dressed in his customary white robe and skull cap, he looked exhausted as he sat in the South Jakarta District Court.
The defiant nature for which he is known was absent.
The panel of judges presiding over the case is all but certain to announce on Thursday that his trial on seven terrorism-related charges, the most serious of which carries the death penalty, will go ahead.
It is alleged Bashir funded and organised a training camp and terrorist cell discovered last year in Aceh, which was planning to carry out attacks with suicide squads targeting Westerners, political leaders and police in Indonesia.
Just as he did two weeks ago, Bashir rejected the allegations, saying the Aceh camp was not unlawful and merely part of preparations for defending Islam which Muslims are obliged to undertake.
“I’dad (physical training) exists in Islamic sharia so should not be prohibited,” he told the court in a brief response to a statement read out by the prosecution team.
“They were only trying to defend Islam,” he said as he was being led away, in reference to those found training in Aceh.
Few Bashir supporters were at the court for Monday’s hearing, which was largely for administrative purposes.
Bashir’s supporters are expected to return in their hundreds for Thursday’s announcement.
This is the third time authorities in Indonesia have tried to convict Bashir.
He served almost 26 months in prison for conspiracy over the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, but was later acquitted on appeal.
The co-founder of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the group responsible for the Bali attack, Bashir was also implicated in the bombing of Jakarta’s Marriott Hotel in 2003, as well as the establishment of a training camp on the Philippine island of Mindanao.
He is now the leader of Jemaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT), a group authorities allege he used as a front to raise money for the new terrorist cell, known as al-Qaeda in Aceh.
The most serious charges against Bashir include planning and/or inciting a terrorist act, and trafficking in weapons and explosives for the purpose of conducting terrorism, both of which carry a maximum penalty of death.
However, it is the charge of supplying funds for terrorism, which carries a jail term of between three and 15 years, for which it appears the prosecution has the strongest evidence, including statements from a number of his associates from JAT.