SOLO, Indonesia – A militia commander connected to the Al Qaeda-linked group Jemaah Islamiyah took part in planning meetings for the Bali bombings, police said Saturday, the latest evidence tying the radical Islamic terror network to the deadly blasts.
Police staged a re-enactment of those meetings Saturday after flying eight Islamic militant suspects in handcuffs and ski masks from Bali to the central Indonesian town Solo.
The re-enactments at two houses the bombing suspects rented were an effort to uncover more about their alleged roles in plotting the Oct. 12 explosions, which killed 192 people, most of them foreign tourists.
Police identified their latest suspect -- still at large -- as an Indonesian using one name, Zulkarnaen, who leads the little-known Laskar Askari Islamiyah Indonesia militia.
"He participated in the discussions and now is wanted," Maj. Gen. I Made Mangku Pastika said.
So far, police have said the top three suspects are linked to Jemaah Islamiyah and that the group provided $30,000 for the attack. In all, more than two dozen people have been arrested, and police expect to charge at least 15 with direct involvement in the bombings.
Similar re-enactments will be held Sunday in Lamongan in East Java, near where two main suspects -- brothers Amrozi and Mukhlas -- lived. Police on Sunday will also take the suspects to a chemical shop in Surabaya, an East Java city, where Amrozi allegedly bought materials used in the Bali bombings.
"This is to prove they really held meetings here," Pastika said. "We will cross-check what we get here with what we have learned in Bali."
The eight suspects taking part in the reconstruction include two of the alleged key planners -- Mukhlas and Imam Samudra -- and Amrozi, who police believe purchased the minivan and bomb-making material used in the attack.
Lawyers for the suspects reportedly asked police to organize the re-enactments -- a common practice in Indonesian criminal investigations -- because they believe it could help prove their clients' innocence.
Officials in several countries have blamed the attack on Jemaah Islamiyah, whose alleged goal is to establish a pan-Islamic state in Southeast Asia.
Trials of the main suspects are slated to start in February in Bali and could take months.