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Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir sentenced 15 years JAKARTA - Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in prison for his role in a terrorist cell, which was linked to the organization that carried out the 2002 Bali bombings, prosecutors said.

The trial took place at the South Jakarta District Court where judge Herri Swantoro announced the 15-year prison sentence for encouraging people to carry out terrorist activities, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Previously, prosecutor Andi Muhammad Taufik demanded life in prison for Bashir, arguing that the cleric's actions could not be justified. Bashir has been accused of being the religious leader of a terrorist organization and training camp in Aceh province.

The 72-year-old cleric and founder of the Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid group has previously denied charges accusing him of funding the terrorist cell which is known as al-Qaeda in Aceh. Since proceedings began earlier this year, Bashir's supporters have staged protests against what they labeled as an unfair trial, commonly shouting 'Allahu Akbar' ('Allah is Great').

Bashir's supporters claim that the charges were engineered by the anti-terrorism police's 88 special detachment (Densus 88). The cleric was charged with providing one billion rupiahs ($900,000) for purchasing weapons for al-Qaeda in Aceh.

However, prosecutors were unable to prove several charges including illegal possession or smuggling of arms and explosives and the use of violence to terrorize people, which resulted in the much lighter 15-year prison term than the life imprisonment, which was being sought.

The al-Qaeda in Aceh cell was discovered in the northern most tip of Sumatra Island in February 2010. Bashir was accused of providing financial aid for the purchase of nine assault rifles, four AK-47s, two AK-58s, six revolvers, one handgun and 19,900 bullets.

Bashir also denied knowing Dulmatin, the network's alleged operations leader who was shot dead by police in March 2010. The terrorist cell was responsible for the 2002 Bali attacks which resulted in the deaths of 202 people.


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