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Indonesia court sentences 2005 Bali bomber to 18 years in prison

[JURIST] An Indonesian court Thursday sentenced Islamic militant Dwi Widiarto to 18 years in prison for his part in the October 2005 bombings [BBC report] of three restaurants in Bali which killed 26 people. Widiarto was charged with videotaping the three suicide bombers and meeting on three occasions with the suspected coordinator of the attacks, Noordin Mohammed Top [BBC profile; Wikipedia profile], who is a member of the militant group Jemaah Islamiyah [CFR backgrounder] with links to al Qaeda. Widiarto was also charged with creating a website giving instructions on how to eliminate foreigners in Jakarta.

Widiarto was charged along with three other men in the attacks and the Denpasar District Court has reached verdicts convicting all of them under anti-terrorism laws. The four were eligible for the death penalty, but prosecutors sought prison sentences [JURIST report] instead. Last week, the court sentenced another militant to eight years in prison [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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