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Indonesia’s Bashir gets 30 months in jail

Western governments on Thursday expressed disappointment after a Jakarta court handed a prison sentence of just 30 months to Abu Bakar Bashir, the radical Indonesian cleric thought to be the leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, al-Qaeda’s south-east Asian affiliate.A five-judge panel convicted Mr Bashir of playing a role in the “evil conspiracy” that led to the 2002 Bali bombings, indicating they believed he had advance knowledge of the attack in which 202 people were killed. However, the judges threw out other charges against Mr Bashir linked to the Bali attack and the August 2003 bombing of Jakarta’s JW Marriott hotel, for both of which JI members have been convicted.Full Story

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