Bali Survivor Slams Islam Matriarch

February 6, 2008

Author: Nicola Berkovic

Source: The Australian/AAP,25197,23167127-2702,00.html

A SURVIVOR of the first Bali bombing said the "star" of last night's ABC documentary Jihad Sheilas would be hunted down after her hardline comments about the victims.

Peter Hughes said Rabiah Hutchinson, the so-called matriarch of radical Islam in Australia, was uninformed and utterly insensitive.

"It's like going back to that moment when the suicide bomber was standing next to me," said Mr Hughes, who nearly died after the October 2002 attack in which 202 people, including 88 Australians, were killed.

Mr Hughes warned there would be some people in the community who would hunt down Ms Hutchinson, who, fearing exactly that, attempted to have the show stopped on the grounds it misrepresented the views of herself and friend Raisah bint Alan Douglas.