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Indonesia Militant Cleric Verdict Upheld

Indonesia’s Supreme Court rejected an militant cleric’s appeal to overturn a 30-month prison sentence for his role in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, a court official said Saturday. Abu Bakar Bashir criticized the decision, accusing the U.S. government of interfering in the judicial process, but victims of the violence said they were far from satisfied. Bashir, the alleged spiritual head of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror group, was convicted in March of conspiracy in the twin bombings that killed 202 people, many of them Australian tourists. The Jakarta High Court upheld that decision in May, and Bashir appealed to the Supreme Court. Full Story

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