Friday, October 28, 2005

Indonesia's lenience

The Indonesian government has confirmed that al-Qaeda linked Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI)'s alleged spiritual leader, Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, will have his jail term cut further to mark the Idul Fitri Islamic holiday next week, despite a request by Australia's government. Prosecutors had asked for an eight-year prison term for Bashir, for inciting the 2002 bombings of a Bali nightclub that killed 202 including 88 Australians.
Indonesia's justice and human rights minister Hamid Awaluddin would not reveal the length of the remission, but said that like other prisoners, Bashir was entitled to have his jail term cut owing to his good conduct while serving his 30-month imprisonment for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali bombings.

They can't even begin to imagine how much these cowardly sentences will cost them.

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