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Court rejects radical cleric's appeal

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    Associated Press

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 4, 2016   /  04:26 pm
Court rejects radical cleric's appeal Radical Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir (center) waves at his supporters after his appeal hearing at the local district court in Cilacap, Central Java, Jan. 12. (AP Photo/Agus Fitrah)

Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a radical Islamic cleric who was convicted of funding a terror training camp.

Abu Bakar Bashir, known as the spiritual leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah militants behind the 2002 Bali bombings, had sought a judicial review of his 2011 conviction. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. A higher court later reduced it to nine years.

Supreme Court spokesman Suhadi said Thursday the appeal was rejected by a three-member judicial panel in a verdict dated July 27.

Suhadi said "the judicial review failed to present new evidence."

"We also did not find any mistakes or irregularities in the verdicts by the district as well as high court," he said.

Hearings for Bashir's appeal began in January.

Bashir has neither confirmed nor denied planning attacks. He said the Aceh camp was meant to defend Islam and Muslims.

He acknowledged that the military-style training camp violated the law on firearms but that he was obeying God's orders in supporting it.

The camp brought together men from almost every known extremist group in the predominantly Muslim country.

They were allegedly planning gun attacks on foreigners in the capital, Jakarta, and the assassinations of moderate leaders, including then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

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