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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Indonesia cleric was sentenced to 15 years in prison on terror conviction
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On June 16, 2011, Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his involvement with a terrorist training camp in the Indonesian province of Aceh. Bashir was found guilty of inciting terrorism in connection with the terrorist training camp, which was used to prepare Islamic radicals to carry out attacks in Jakart. The 72-year-old said he would appeal the sentence because it ignores Sharia law. While the case was on appeal in October 2011, the Jakarta High Court reduced Bashir's jail term to nine years. However, the Supreme Court of Indonesia reinstated Bashir's 15 year jail term in February 2012.

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