Bali bomber Accomplice Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

An Indonesian court convicted and sentenced a prominent member of an Indonesian militant group linked with al-Qaeda to 15 years in prison on Wednesday for withholding information about terrorist plots, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.

“The defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of being an accessory and withholding information about acts of terrorism by failing to report [to authorities] about the organization’s plans,” a member of the three-judge panel said.

“The defendant’s involvement in the ‘khos’ team has created many victims,” the judge added.

The defendant Aris Sumarsono, better known as Zulkarnaen, was a former military commander in Jemaah Islamiah (JI), a Southeast Asian jihadist network with ties to al-Qaeda.

“I accept,” Zulkarnaen replied when a judge asked him about the verdict.

Several members of the cell, including Imam Samudera, Ali Imron, and Amrozi bin Nurhasyim, were found guilty of masterminding the bombings that destroyed two Bali nightclubs in the deadliest-ever terror attack in Southeast Asia.

The court sentenced three of the masterminds to death in 2008.

The prosecution, which had requested a life sentence for Zulkarnaen, said it would appeal the verdict to the Jakarta High Court.

Authorities said Zulkarnaen helped draft the JI’s guidebook and was among the first Indonesians who trained in Afghanistan before moving to Pakistan and then the southern Philippines.

Zulkarnaen was on a United Nations Security Council sanctions list for alleged links to al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden.


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