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  • » 03/01/2018, 13.21


    Bali attack mastermind Abu Bakar Bashir moved to a hospital

    The 79-ear-old cleric was hospitalised this morning for chronic venous insufficiency. His sympathisers demand his permanent release. In the 2002 Bali attacks, 202 people lost their lives, mostly foreigners, including 88 Australians.

    Jakarta (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Indonesian authorities have ordered Abu Bakar Bashir’s transfer to a hospital.

    The Islamic leader, who was accused of masterminding the Bali attacks in 2002, was sentenced in 2011 to 15 years in prison for funding a training camp for extremists.

    Escorted by four police agents, the 79-year-old cleric (pictured) was admitted this morning to a hospital in the Indonesian capital for chronic venous insufficiency.

    Local media report that Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo granted Bashir permission to receive hospital treatment on humanitarian grounds.

    Bashir’s sympathisers demand that Widodo release Bashir permanently because of his ill health, a move that would ease tensions between radical Muslims and Widodo before the presidential elections in 2019, but would set off alarm bells among Indonesia’s allies like the United States and Australia.

    The Islamist leader was arrested right after the Bali attacks in 2002, in which 202 people died, mostly foreigners, including 88 Australians.

    Prosecutors were however unable to prove a series of terrorism-related charges. Bashir was instead sentenced to 18 months in prison for violations of immigration laws.

    The cleric has steadfastly denied any involvement in terrorist attacks and, after being sentenced in 2011 for his role in a training camp, said he rejected the sentence issued by "infidel" authorities.

    “This verdict ignores sharia law and is based on the infidel law, so it’s forbidden for me to accept it,” Bashir said during the trial.

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    16/05/2005 INDONESIA
    Supreme Court upholds Islamic guilty verdict handed to cleric

    Abu Bakar Bashir's sentence to two and a half years in jail for complicity in the 2002 Bali bombing is upheld.

    06/06/2006 INDONESIA
    Abu Bakar Bashir to be released shortly

    The Islamic cleric's sentence was reduced. He had been found guilty of "complicity" in the 2002 Bali bombings. He will be released next week after 26 months in prison and will return to teaching in the infamous Ngruki school, breeding ground of terrorists.

    05/07/2006 INDONESIA
    Bali 2002 terrorists no longer wish to die: they want to reopen their case

    Two out of the three men condemned to death for the island bombing want a legal review of their case while the authorities sort out the final details for their execution, expected for three years. So far, they were ready to die because they respected "the law of God, not of man".

    03/11/2005 Indonesia
    Indonesia, Abu Bakar Bashir will not get prison sentence reduction

    The country traditionally cuts prison terms to mark the end of Ramadan. Request denied for the Muslim cleric convicted of playing a role in the 2002 Bali bombings.

    29/10/2008 INDONESIA
    In Jakarta Christian priests and activists first target of Islamic terrorists
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