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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Take Bashir for Questioning

SOLO, Indonesia -- Hundreds of supporters of a radical Muslim cleric threw stones at police Monday as he was taken from a hospital for questioning in Jakarta over his alleged links to a terrorist group blamed for the Bali bombings.

Abu Bakar Bashir, who has been hospitalized for the last two weeks with respiratory problems, was escorted to a police hospital outside Jakarta.

Bashir's brother Umar Baradja said police forced their way into Bashir's hospital room -- breaking down the door with their rifle butts. He said they dragged Bashir from his bed, placed him in a wheelchair and pushed him past a crowd of angry students.

Bashir was formally arrested Oct. 18 after he had checked into the Muhammadiyah hospital. He is charged with ordering a string of church bombings in 2000 that killed 19 people and plotting the assassination of President Megawati Sukarnoputri. However, he is not a suspect in the Oct. 12 nightclub bombings in Bali that killed nearly 200 people.

Indonesia has been under intense international pressure since then to crack down on Islamic militants. Bashir, who denies any links to terrorists, claims he is being made a scapegoat for their actions.

Police want to question Bashir about Jemaah Islamiyah, a regional Islamic group believed to be seeking a Muslim super-state in Southeast Asia and allied to the al-Qaida terror network.

The group is suspected of involvement in the Bali attacks.