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Indonesian prosecutors appeal on terror verdict

Indonesian prosecutors said on Monday they would appeal against a four-year jail sentence handed to a radical cleric accused of leading Jemaah Islamiah, the group believed to be the south-east Asian affiliate of the al-Qaeda terrorist network. The light sentence given last week to Abu Bakar Bashir, a 65-year-old cleric believed by many to have co-founded JI and acted as its spiritual “emir”, drew widespread criticism internationally. JI is the group blamed for last year’s Bali bombings, which left 202 people dead. Mr Bashir was not charged in connection with the Bali attack but his treason trial was seen as a crucial test of Indonesia’s commitment to cracking down on extremists. Full Story

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