16 Jun '11, 7am

Indonesia jails Islamist cleric for 15 years

Indonesia jails Islamist cleric for 15 years

Indonesian militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was jailed for 15 years on Thursday for his involvement with a group that aimed to kill the country's president. -- PHOTO: AFP JAKARTA - INDONESIAN militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was jailed for 15 years on Thursday for his involvement with a group that aimed to kill the country's president. Jailing Bashir has been seen as an important step in the Indonesian government's efforts to weaken terror groups, but may not reduce the threat of attacks in the most populous Muslim country as others seek to push an Islamist agenda. Bashir does not command widespread support in Indonesia, but analysts have said a guilty verdict could inflame hardcore Islamists, some of whom have vowed reprisals after the US killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Underlining that risk, an anonymous text message circulating through the capital this week ...

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channelnewsasia.com 15 Jun '11, 10pm

JAKARTA: The Indonesian capital Jakarta was on high alert on Thursday with a court in the trial of Abu Bakar Bashir expect...