Indonesian court convicts Islamic cleric in Jakarta embassy bombing

[JURIST] An Indonesian court convicted a Muslim cleric Thursday for assisting in the 2004 bombing outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta [BBC backgrounder] that killed twelve people and wounded over 200. Heri Sigu Samboja was found guilty of two counts of terrorism and sentenced to seven years in jail for helping to assemble the bomb and conducting surveillance on the embassy before the bombing, but was cleared of helping to plan the attack. Samboja has maintained his innocence and plans to appeal, saying he was only a cook for Azahari Husin and Noordin Muhammad Top, two suspects still at large who have also been accused with planning the attack. Eleven militants have been accused [JURIST report] of participating in the 2004 bombing and Samboja's guilty verdict marks the third, after the conviction of Agus Ahmad [JURIST report] in July. AFP has more.



 

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