Indonesia militant sentenced to 8 years for 2005 Bali bombings

[JURIST] An Indonesian court on Tuesday handed down the first sentence in connection to the 2005 Bali bombings [BBC report] of three restaurants, which killed two dozen people and injured 200 others. Abdul Aziz, convicted of harboring Noordin Mohammed Top [Wikipedia profile], a suspected terrorist linked to other bombings, was sentenced to eight years in prison. Prosecutors are also seeking jail terms of up to 15 years for the other three Islamic militants arrested [JURIST report] in connection with the bombings. Prosecutors sought a minimum 10-year sentence for Aziz, but judges gave a more lenient sentence due to the 30-year-old's showing of remorse and relative young age.

Noordin Top, along with Azahari Husin [Wikipedia profile], are leading figures in the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah [BBC profile], which is suspected of several other bombings in Indonesia. The group has been blamed for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC report] that killed more than 50 people. AP has more. The Australian has additional coverage.

 

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