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“Martyr’s Trilogy,” memoirs of Bali attackers exalted as heroes

ICC Note:

A book containing the autobiographical writings by three men killed by firing squad for the massacre in Bali in 2002 has set Indonesian intelligence on maximum alert.


3/12/09 Indonesia (AsiaNews) The Indonesian Intelligence Agency is in a state of maximum alert for the publication of a book entitled “Martyrs’ Trilogy.” It contains writings and autobiographical notes by Amrozi, Ali Gufron, and Imam Samudra, killed by firing squad on November 9, 2008, because they were responsible for the massacre in Bali in 2002, in which more than 200 people died.

Sidney Jones, a terrorism expert and member of the International Crisis Group, warns that the book could constitute a serious threat to national security, because it is capable of influencing young Muslims to follow a “wrong” view of jihad, the holy war against the West and Christians.

The first volume of the trilogy contains the writings of Imam Samudra – the most radical of the three terrorists – in which he explains that the massacre in Bali was “morally justified” and “spiritually just.” The second part is dedicated to Amrozi, and is entitled “The Last Smile of the Mujadist.” It is based on autobiographical accounts written in Lamongan, the terrorist’s birthplace, in the province of East Java. The third and last part contains the memoirs of Amrozi’s older brother, Ali Gufron, and recounts “The Holy Dreams behind the Bars,” interpretations of his dreams according to his personal understanding of Islam.

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