Getting Radical


Nik Aziz, spiritual leader of the opposition Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party

For a man in his position, Taufik Abdul Halim is serenely calm. The 26-year-old Malaysian lies on blood-stained sheets in a police hospital in Jakarta, far from his home in Johor. His left leg is a mass of wounds wrapped in grimy bandages. His right leg has been amputated below the knee. When he awakes from the anaesthetic, he is informed that policemen are guarding him around the clock and that he faces prosecution for crimes that carry the death penalty. He has been in the hospital since Aug. 1, when a bomb he was carrying went off, apparently prematurely, in...

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