Jan 8 2021

Indonesia: Radical cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir linked to 2002 Bali bombings freed

Radical cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, who has been accused of master-minding the 2002 Bali bombings has been released from the Gunung Sindur Prison in Bogor located on Java island on Friday. Ba’asyir was escorted via ambulance to freedom, reportedly picked up by his family. The 82-year-old has served two-thirds of his 15 year prison sentence, and according to local reports is in good physical health, but is suffering from memory loss. Ba’asyir is the former leader of Al-Qaeda-affiliated group Jemaah Islamiah, that is thought to have been behind the bombing responsible for the deaths of 202 people, including numerous tourists. On 12 October 2002, two bombs exploded in Paddy’s Irish Bar and Sari Club on Bali, killing people from 21 nations. Three men were executed in 2008 for their connection with the attack, and others have since been imprisoned or killed by the security forces. Ba’asyir is to undergo a deradicalisation programme, according to the authorities.

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