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Indonesia to Release Alleged 2002 Bali Bombings Mastermind Abu Bakar Bashir

Indonesia will release alleged 2002 Bali Bombings mastermind Abu Baka Bashir from prison on Jan. 8 after completing his 15-year prison sentence, authorities said on Jan. 4.

Indonesia will release alleged 2002 Bali Bombings mastermind Abu Baka Bashir from prison on Jan. 8 after completing his 15-year prison sentence, authorities said on Jan. 4.

The 82-year-old radical cleric identified as the leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) network linked to Islamist militant Al-Qaeda will be released from Gunung Sindur prison in Bogor “in accordance with the expiration date and the end of his term,” Spokeswoman Rika Aprianti of the Corrections Directorate at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights said in a statement.

According to Indonesian news media company Antara, Imam Sayudi, head of the law and human rights regional office in West Java, said that Bashir “has served his punishment well and followed all rules and procedures,” adding that he is “in good shape.”

Alleged as the mastermind of the bombings of nightclubs in Bali that killed over 200 people, Bashir denied any involvement in the attack and was never convicted for it. 

Then in 2011, he was jailed for funding militant training camps in the westernmost Aceh province. However, his 15-year jail sentence was shortened by 55 months due to regular sentence reductions given to most prisoners in Indonesia.

JI members have been accused of plotting several attacks in Indonesia, including the Bali bombings and the 2003 attack on the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people.

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