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Bashir to be freed within days JAKARTA - An Indonesian militant cleric jailed in connection with a 2002 Bali bombing will be free in a week, said a top Indonesian official. Indonesia's Justice and Human Rights Minister Hamid Awaluddin said Tuesday that Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, would be released on June 14. Bashir has served 26 months of a 30-month sentence after being convicted of conspiracy in the nightclub bombing that killed 202 people, including two Canadians.

Several months were cut from his sentence for good behaviour. The Muslim cleric is reportedly the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, the militant organization that is believed to have been behind the bombing and several others in Indonesia. The group is believed to have links to al-Qaeda. Bashir was arrested a week after an explosives-packed van detonated outside the nightclub on the Indonesian island on Oct. 12, 2002. He was jailed for immigration offences.

He was later released and rearrested on charges of conspiracy. Bashir's lawyers have said that once released, he intends to return to his Islamic boarding school in central Java.

Abu Bakar Bashir, on a 2004 file photo, will be released on 14 June.
Abu Bakar Bashir, on a 2004 file photo, will be released on 14 June.



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