Indonesia reverses course on plan to free radical cleric
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president said Tuesday that an elderly Islamic cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other extremists won't be released from prison unless he renounces radicalism, backing down from plans to free him without conditions.
President Joko Widodo said Abu Bakar Bashir, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2011, must fulfil conditions such as loyalty to the state and the national ideology to be eligible for release.
Australia urges Indonesia to respect Bali bombing victims
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said on Tuesday he would be disappointed if radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir were released from prison early and urged Indonesia to show respect for the victims of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that the firebrand preacher inspired.
Indonesia cleric’s release uncertain as gov’t starts review
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's government is reviewing the president's decision to release radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the top security minister said Monday, following domestic and international criticism.
The minister, Wiranto, told a hastily called news conference that President Joko Widodo had asked him to coordinate a review of all aspects of the planned release.
Indonesia cleric to be freed despite holding to radicalism
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Islamic cleric who was the ideological leader of the Bali bombers and other Indonesian militants is being released early from a 15-year prison sentence after the country's president relented on a condition that he renounce radical beliefs, lawyers confirmed Saturday.
Indonesia leader to free radical cleric behind Bali bombings
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The ailing 80-year-old radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists in Indonesia will be released from prison, Indonesia's president said Friday, slashing a 15-year sentence.
The announcement of Abu Bakar Bashir's imminent release came during campaigning for a presidential election due in April in which opponents of President Joko Widodo have tried to discredit him as insufficiently Islamic.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Australia on Saturday urged Indonesia against any leniency toward the ideological leader of the Bali bombers as the government considers house arrest or other forms of clemency for the ailing radical cleric who is now in prison.
Wiranto, Indonesia's top security minister, said Friday that a meeting of security ministers and police will make a recommendation on Abu Bakar Bashir's treatment to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A radical Islamic cleric who was the spiritual leader of the Bali bombers and a force behind a jihadist training camp raided in 2010 has been transferred from prison to a Jakarta hospital.
Guarded by four paramilitary police officers, the frail white-bearded Abu Bakar Bashir arrived at the hospital in Indonesia's capital on Thursday morning. He appeared unable to walk unassisted and was helped into a wheelchair as photographers and TV cameramen jostled around him.
Indonesian court rejects radical cleric’s appeal
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a radical Islamic cleric who was convicted of funding a terror training camp.
Abu Bakar Bashir, known as the spiritual leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah militants behind the 2002 Bali bombings, had sought a judicial review of his June 2011 conviction, for which he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. A higher court reduced it to nine years, but the Supreme Court reinstated the 15-year sentence in...