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Abu Bakar Bashir Seeks Judicial Review Of Terror Charges

A South Jakarta District Court will consider a review of radical Indonesian cleric and former spiritual head of Jeemah Islamic, Abu Bakar Bashir conviction on terror charges. Bashir inspired the 2002 Bali bombers that saw 200 people murdered.

Lawyers for the convicted cleric will argue that he was wrongfully arrested over the funding of a terrorist training camp in Aceh. In 2011, the cleric was found guilty of supporting terrorism and was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

His legal representatives have stated they will call five mystery witnesses for the judicial review. Indonesian Legal experts have commented that for a judicial review to be granted new evidence needed to be presented by Bashir’s legal team.

Speaking to the ABC the director of the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, Sidney Jones, he doubted that the South Jakarta District Court would accept Bashir’s application.

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