Bali bombings mastermind Bashir will be released

Bali bombings mastermind Bashir will be released

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Bali bombings mastermind Bashir considered as the spiritual leader of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah network. He was jailed in 2011 and will be released this week.


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Bali bombings mastermind Bashir considered the spiritual leader of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah networ, He was jailed in 2011 and will be released this week

More than 200 people were killed in the Bali bombings

Bashir will be released on Friday “in accordance with the expiration date and the end of his term,” Rika Aprianti, spokeswoman of the corrections directorate general at the law and human rights ministry, said in a statement.Jemaah Islamiah is accused of plotting several big attacks in Indonesia and includes operatives trained in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the southern Philippines.

Bali bombings mastermind Bashir will be released

Its members are accused of orchestrating the 2002 bombings of Bali nightclubs, which killed more than 200 people, among them scores of Australians, and an attack on the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people a year later.A senior JI operative believed to have made bombs for both attacks, Zulkarnaen, was among 23 suspected militants arrested last month.

Bali bombings mastermind Bashir will be released

Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir (in white) (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Bashir denied any involvement in the Bali bombings. A lawyer for Bashir did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment on his upcoming release. Security analyst Ridlwan Habib said that though Bashir’s stature has weakened, extremists may try to associate their activities with him to gain traction and boost their credibility.Bashir is a senior figure in Indonesia’s jihadist movement, and it’s not impossible that his big name could be used,” he said

Bali bombings mastermind Bashir will be released

Indonesian radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir enters a courtroom for the first day of an appeal hearing in Cilacap, Central Java province, January 12, 2016. REUTERS

While seeking reelection, President Joko Widodo in January 2019 had considered an early release for Bashir on health grounds, but scrapped the plan after Bashir reportedly declined to pledge allegiance to the Indonesian state ideology.

Bali bombings mastermind Bashir

Source : https://www.usnews.com/

 


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