Australia 'distressed' over release of cleric jailed for 2002 Bali bombing Jeannie Shawl at 8:31 AM ET
[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official website] said Wednesday that the country was "extremely disappointed" and "distressed" at the release from prison of Abu Bakar Bashir [BBC profile], the Indonesian Muslim cleric jailed in connection to the 2002 Bali bombings [BBC backgrounder]. Bashir was released Wednesday after serving 26 months in prison following his conviction on conspiracy charges [JURIST report]. Bashir is accused of being the spiritual leader of the Southeast Asian extremist group Jemaah Islamiyah [Wikipedia profile], which has ties to al Qaeda and has been blamed for the bombings in Bali in 2002 and 2005.
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