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Indonesia's top clerical body mired in terror suspect scandal

Jemaah Islamiyah uses political party and charities as fundraising fronts

Ahmad Zain An-Najah, left, and Farid Okbah was arrested by Indonesian National Police Counter Terrorism Unit Special Detachment 88 (Densus 88).  (Source photo by Farid Okbah's official Instagram account and AP)

MEDAN, Indonesia -- The arrests of a senior member of Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body and the chairman of an Indonesian political party last week cast a new light on the most notorious terrorist group in Southeast Asia: Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).

Among the arrested was Ahmad Zain An-Najah, a member of the fatwa commission of Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), or Indonesia Ulema Council -- the top Islamic clerical body in the country. The fatwa commission issues edicts, or legally nonbinding pronouncements on Islamic law.

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