[JURIST] An Indonesian appeals court has upheld a two-and-a-half year sentence for Abu Bakar Ba'asyir [BBC profile], convicted in March for conspiracy [JURIST report] in the 2002 Bali bombings [Answers fact sheet]. The defense argued that the conviction wasn't based on sufficient evidence. The US and Australian governments had previously objected to the sentence, calling it too lenient. The ruling was announced by court officials Monday but was actually handed down behind closed doors on May 11. AP has more.