Jailed Indonesia cleric threatens Myanmar for harming Rohingya
JAKARTA (AFP) - Jailed Islamist cleric Abu Bakar Bashir threatened to wage war if Myanmar continues to harm Muslim Rohingyas, in a letter to the country's president Thein Sein seen on a website on Friday.
The 74-year-old is widely regarded as a spiritual leader of radical Islam in Indonesia - the world's most populous Muslim country - and is currently serving a 15-year-jail term for funding terror.
"We've heard Muslims screaming in your country because of your acts of evil... you have taken them out from their homes and are killing them," he wrote in the letter dated July 22, which was passed on to followers.
"If you neglect these calls, by Allah our Lord, you have witnessed the fall of proud and conceited countries in the hands of our mujahideen soldiers," he added.