G8-Gegner”Rechtswidrige Ermittlungen”

Die Großrazzien der Bundesanwaltschaft gegen Globalisierungsgegner vor dem G8-Gipfel in Heiligendamm waren rechtswidrig. Die obersten Ankläger der deutschen Justiz seien gar nicht zuständig gewesen, urteilte der Bundesgerichtshof.
Fahrzeuge der Polizei stehen am 9. Mai 2007 vor dem linken Szene-Treff „Rote Flora“ im Hamburger Schanzenviertel

Die militanten G8-Gegner hätten sich nicht zu einer terroristischen Vereinigung zusammengeschlossen. Deshalb sei nicht der Generalbundesanwalt zuständig gewesen, sondern die Strafverfolgungsbehörden der Bundesländer, erklärte der 3. Strafsenat des Bundesgerichtshofs am Freitag in Karlsruhe. Der Entscheidung war die Beschwerde eines der Verdächtigen vorausgegangen. Der ihn betreffende Durchsuchungs- und Beschlagnahme-Beschluss wurde aufgehoben.

Einen Monat vor dem Gipfel ging die Bundesanwaltschaft am 9. Mai 2007 mit einer groß angelegten Polizeiaktion in mehreren Städten gegen Gegner des Regierungstreffens vor. 900 Beamte durchsuchten insgesamt 40 Wohnungen, Büros und andere Einrichtungen der linksautonomen Szene in Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen und Niedersachsen.

Insgesamt 21 Gipfelgegner standen im Verdacht, eine terroristische Vereinigung gegründet zu haben. Der Generalbundesanwalt rechnete der Vereinigung zwölf gewalttätige Aktionen mit einem Gesamtschaden von rund 2,6 Millionen Euro zu, die im Zeitraum Juli 2005 bis März 2007 ausgeführt wurden.

Die Ermittlungen hatten auch eine Debatte über die Verhältnismäßigkeit der Sicherheitsmaßnahmen und des Vorgehens der Polizei ausgelöst.


Bali mob want Amrozi dead

CHAOTIC scenes marred yesterday’s third anniversary of the Bali bombings as a former Indonesian president suggested his country’s military or police may have been behind one of the 2002 bombings.

A violent mob of 2000 angry protesters stormed Bali’s Kerobokan jail, breaking down a wall outside the prison and demanding the execution of three of the Bali bombers.Chanting “Kill Amrozi, kill Amrozi”, the crowd removed part of the jail’s main steel door before riot police stopped them from entering the prison where some of the Bali bombers are held.

Australian’s Schapelle Corby, model Michelle Leslie and the Bali Nine are being held in the same compound.

The violence co-incided with the claim by former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid that Indonesian police or military officers may have played a role in the first Bali bombing.

Wahid told SBS’s Dateline program that he had grave concerns about links between Indonesian authorities and terrorist groups and believed that authorities may have organised the larger of the two 2002 Bali bombings which hit the Sari Club, killing the bulk of the 202 people who died.

Officials and experts were quick to play down his claims which, if true, would have grave diplomatic consequences for Australia’s relationship with its nearest neighbour.

Asked who he thought planted the second bomb, Mr Wahid said: “Maybe the police … or the armed forces. The orders to do this or that came from within our armed forces, not from the fundamentalist people.”

Speaking in Jakarta last night, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said “it’s just rubbish”.

Singapore-based terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna said the report had “absolutely no credibility”. “The Indonesian police have been doing a great job of hunting down the terrorists.”

He said Indonesia’s political leaders were committed to combating terrorism and there was “no evidence to suggest TNI (Indonesian military) involvement, either”. “I can’t understand why a man of his standing would be raising such issues,” Mr Gunaratna said.

Greg Fealy, an Indonesian expert at the Australian National University, said Wahid’s claim was a “bizarre suggestion”. “There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that the Indonesian police are in cahoots with the terrorists.”

Wahid’s claims will not help the investigation into last week’s Bali bombings, which left 23 people dead, including four Australians.

The protesters who tried to storm Kerobokan jail yesterday were seeking the three death-row ringleaders of the 2002 bombings – Amrozi bin Nurhasyin, his elder brother Mukhlas and Imam Samudra. But the three were moved for security reasons to Batu prison on Nusakambangan, an island south of Java, before yesterday’s third anniversary of the attacks.

Dateline also reported claims that Indonesian intelligence had close links with many local terrorist groups. “There is not a single Islamic group either in the movement or the political groups that is not controlled by (Indonesian) intelligence,” said former terrorist Umar Abduh, who is now a researcher and writer.

He has written a book on Teungku Fauzi Hasbi, a key figure in Jemaah Islamiah, who had close contact with JI operations chief Hambali and lived next to JI spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir.

He says Hasbi was a secret agent for Indonesia’s military intelligence while at the same time a key player in creating JI.

Documents cited by SBS showed the Indonesian chief of military intelligence in 1990 authorised Hasbi to undertake a “special job”. And a 2002 document assigned Hasbi the job of special agent for BIN, the Indonesian national intelligence agency.

Security analyst John Mempi told SBS that Hasbi, who was also known as Abu Jihad, had played a key role in JI in its early years.

“The first Jemaah Islamiah congress in Bogor was facilitated by Abu Jihad, after Abu Bakar Bashir returned from Malaysia,” Mr Mempi said. “We can see that Abu Jihad played an important role. He was later found to be an intelligence agent. So an intelligence agent has been facilitating the radical Islamic movement.”

Meanwhile the investigation into the second Bali bombings appears to have stalled.

Bali police chief Made Mangku Pastika yesterday denied the detention of 45-year-old construction worker Hasan was significant in the investigation into the triple suicide bombings, while senior police refused to confirm local reports that a man named Yanto was one of the bombers.


NYE shooting: Police appeal

Flowers left near the scene of the shooting
Flowers left near the scene of the shooting

POLICE have issued an incident room number to take calls into the fatal shooting of a man in Cheetham Hill on New Year’s Eve.

Mohammed Arif Iqbal, 26, of Springfield Avenue, Crumpsall, was one of four men sat in a silver Vauxhall Vectra on Huxley Avenue, between the junction with Spender Avenue and Heywood Street, at about 5.30pm.

They were shot at by at least one gunman who was on foot. The Vectra then drove off at speed and went to North Manchester General Hospital.

Mohammed had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead a short time later. A post mortem examination has since concluded that he died from a single gunshot wound.

High profile patrols are currently in place in the Cheetham Hill area to reassure residents and family liaison officers have been visiting Mohammed’s family to offer their assistance.

Police say it is unclear how the gunman arrived at the scene and whether he acted alone and officers are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Superintendent Mark Burtonwood, from GMP’s north Manchester division, said: “There is a team of experienced officers dedicated to this murder and we will not stop until Mohammed’s killer or killers are found and brought to justice. We cannot speculate on a motive, but we want to reassure residents that we are doing all we can to get to the bottom of this murder.

“We have been in repeated contact with people in the local community and are meeting local councillors today.

“We have also been in consultation with imams from the local mosques and are planning to meet with them tomorrow to discuss reassuring worshippers during their Friday prayers.”

Two other men were injured in the incident. A 27-year-old man suffered a gunshot would to the back and was transferred to another hospital for further treatment. He remains in a serious condition.

A third man, aged 23, suffered a minor graze to the head, possibly from shrapnel and the fourth man was not injured in the incident.

Officers are continuing to investigate and are currently working to establish the identity of the gunman.

He is described as either mixed race or Asian, between 5ft 7in and 5ft 9in tall. It is not known if he was in a vehicle.

The Vauxhall Vectra has since been found and is being forensically examined.

Anyone with information is asked to call the GMP Major Incident Team on 0161 856 2480 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.