Lawyers for jailed Indonesian cleric to seek case review

[JURIST] Lawyers for Abu Bakar Bashir [BBC profile], an Indonesian Muslim cleric implicated in the 2002 Bali bombings [BBC backgrounder], said Monday that they will ask that his case be reviewed. Bashir is accused of being the spiritual leader of the Southeast Asian extremist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [Wikipedia profile], which has ties to al Qaeda and has been blamed for the bombings in Bali earlier this year and in 2002. In March, Bashir was sentenced to 30 months in prison for approving the 2002 bombings, after terrorism charges in an earlier trial were thrown out [JURIST report]. Bashir has repeatedly denied any ties with JI or connection with the Bali bombings, calling them a "brutal act." His lawyers have declined to reveal what new evidence they intend to present, stating only that the demand for a case review will be filed this week. AFP has more.

 

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