06/22/2018, 09.19
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Jakarta sentences Aman Abdurrahman, IS leader in Indonesia, to death

As a principal, the judges ascertained his involvement in the suicide attack on January 14, 2016 at Thamrin. He is considered the inspirer of two other attacks between 2016 and 2017 and the most recent Surabaya attacks.

Jakarta (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The South Jakarta District Court has condemned to death the Islamist religious Aman Abdurrahman (photo), spiritual guide of Jamaah Ansharud Daulah (Jad), the nation's largest terrorist group linked to the Islamic State (IS).  

The judges ascertained his involvement in the suicide attack on January 14, 2016 in Thamrin (Central Jakarta), in which four people lost their lives. The operation was the first on Indonesian soil to be claimed by IS.

Last month, prosecutors had requested capital punishment for the defendant. He is considered the inspirer of two other attacks between 2016 and 2017: the dynamite attack on the Protestant church of Samarinda, which took place on November 13, 2016 and in which a two-year-old child died; the bombs at the Kampung Melayu terminal in East Jakarta on May 25, 2017, when three police officers died.

Added to these are the most recent attacks on the three Christian churches and the Surabaya police headquarters (East Java). Last month, two families - including 9 and 12-year-old girls - blew themselves up at the places of worship and the governmental structure, killing 13 people.

In a secured courtroom closed to the media, this morning the president of the judicial panel Akhmad Jaini declared: "It has been ascertained that the accused has committed criminal acts of terrorism. He met his followers face to face and distributed his articles, MP3 clips and audio calls over the Internet. " The sentence will be execution by firing squad.

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