Indonesia’s Supreme Court Restores Bashir’s 15-Year Prison Term

Indonesia’s Supreme Court restored cleric Abu Bakar Bashir’s 15-year prison term, reversing a High Court decision that reduced it to nine years, confirming a report published in the Jakarta Globe today.

“The lower court’s decision was not supported by adequate considerations,” Supreme Court Spokesman Djoko Sarwoko said by phone in Jakarta today.

Bashir was found guilty in June of funding terrorism by contributing funds to an Islamic militant training camp in Aceh province, five years after his acquittal for links to bombings that killed 202 people on the resort island of Bali. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The 73-year-old preacher had been proved legally and convincingly guilty of committing a criminal act of terrorism, South Jakarta district Chief Judge Herry Swantoro said at that time.

The High Court reduced Bashir’s sentence to nine years on appeal in October because it found no evidence the funds were used for the training camp in Aceh, Ahmad Sobari, a spokesman at the court, said by phone in Jakarta today.

If Bashir objected to the Supreme Court’s decision, he could file a review, Sarwoko said, adding that there wasn’t any pressure during the decision making.

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