JI Terrorists Get Only 15 years
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic militant group blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings to 15 years' jail on terrorism charges.
A panel of judges at the South Jakarta district court found Abu Dujana, whose June 2007 arrest dealt a severe blow to Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), guilty of violating the anti-terrorism law by assisting terrorists and possessing, storing and moving firearms and ammunition destined for terror acts.
The charges against the 37-year-old militant do not relate to any specific incident, although one of the men he protected, Malaysian national Noordin M.Top, is accused of masterminding the Bali attacks which killed 202 people.
"The defendant, Abu Dujana, has been proven legally and convincingly of having engaged in the crime of terrorism," Wachyono, who heads the panel of judges at the court, was quoted by AFP as saying.
On the news here it was reported that the JI was also fined IDR 10,000,000 (USD$1100) for being an illegal and banned organization. This is the first time that any judge or government agency has declared that the JI was illegal in Indonesia.
Worst part is Abu Dujana and Zarkasih will walk out early because they didn't get life sentences. Every Idul Fitri and Independence Day, prisoners in Indonesia get reductions in their sentences for good behavior. These terrorists knew that so they co-operated with authorities, received lighter sentences and with reductions will be out in probably 5 - 6 years, ready to lead terror attacks again. Abu Dujana sent weapons and explosives to Poso for Laskar Jihad and Al-Qaeda trainees to kill Christians during the Central Sulawesi religious battle several years ago.