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Indonesia Jails Bus Terminal Bombing Mastermind

Indonesia Jails Bus Terminal Bombing MastermindIndonesia Jails Bus Terminal Bombing Mastermind

An Indonesian court on Monday jailed the mastermind behind last year’s suicide bombings at a Jakarta bus terminal for nine years.

Kiki Muhamad Iqbal was convicted of organizing the twin bombings, in which two men blew themselves up using pressure cookers packed with explosives and killed three police officers and injured 12 at Kampung Melayu bus terminal.

“We find the defendant guilty of planning [the act] and mobilizing others to participate and sentence him to nine years in prison,” presiding judge Purwanto told the North Jakarta court, Reuters reported.

The attack was the second in two years in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, which has grappled with a recent resurgence in radical activity inspired in part by the self-styled Islamic State terror group.

In January 2016, four IS-linked militants mounted a gun-and-bomb attack at a busy intersection outside a Starbucks cafe in central Jakarta, killing themselves and four others.

The mastermind of that attack, Aman Abdurrahman—said to be the ideological leader of IS loyalists in Indonesia—is also on trial.

On hearing Monday’s verdict, Iqbal—flanked by counter-terrorism police—told reporters the ruling was “unjust”.

Indonesia’s parliament is currently deliberating revisions to anti-terrorism laws that would broaden the definition of terrorism and give police the power to detain suspects without trial for longer.

The changes would allow police to arrest people for hate speech or for spreading radical content, as well as those taking part in paramilitary training or joining proscribed groups.

 

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