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Jakarta Post

Ba’asyir’s brother Noim released from prison

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 20, 2019   /   10:36 am
Ba’asyir’s brother Noim released from prison Terrorism convict Noim Ba’asyir (left), who is also the younger brother of firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, shows his release letter when he steps out from Tulungagung Penitentiary, East Java, on Feb 19, 2019. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo earlier also considered the release of Noim’s older brother, also a terrorism convict, on the grounds of his poor health, but canceled the plan as Abu Bakar refused to declare his loyalty to the state and the national ideology Pancasila. (Antara/Destyan Sujarwoko)

Terror convict Noim Ba’asyir, the younger brother of Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, a firebrand cleric who was convicted of terror, was released from prison on Tuesday morning after serving a six-year prison sentence.

“I want to take care of my family,” Noim said upon exiting the penitentiary as quoted by Antara.

When asked about his allegiance to Indonesia, he answered only with: “I am an Indonesian.”

Read also: Ba’asyir’s sons, followers disappointed over canceled release

Noim was picked up by his family, including his sister, wife and children. Before exiting the penitentiary, he was seen exchanging words with prison officials and other law enforcers, including ones from the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT).

Noim was initially to be released from prison on May 21 – roughly six years after the court found him guilty of involvement in a terror organization.

Tulungagung Penitentiary chief warden Erry Taruna, however, said the terror convict earned a three-month sentence reduction, allowing him to become a free man on Tuesday.

In 2016, Noim made headlines after he demanded a private area for him and his wife while serving his sentence at the Pamekasan Penitentiary in East Java. (kuk)