IS mil­i­tant jailed for eight years over Jakarta at­tack

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

JAKARTA: An In­done­sian court yes­ter­day jailed an Is­lamic State (IS) group sup­porter for eight years for his role in a deadly gun and sui­cide bomb­ing at­tack in Jakarta, the lat­est ex­trem­ist sen­tenced over the as­sault.

Ali Makhmudin, 41, was found guilty of break­ing anti-ter­ror laws by help­ing pre­pare bombs used in the at­tack in the heart of the In­done­sian cap­i­tal in Jan­uary, which killed four civil­ians and four at­tack­ers.

The at­tack – the first claimed by IS in South­east Asia – saw dra­matic scenes as a sui­cide bomber blew him­self up in a cafe and se­cu­rity forces bat­tled gun-tot­ing mil­i­tants.

It was the first ma­jor at­tack for seven years in In­done­sia, which has long strug­gled with mil­i­tancy.

A Jakarta court found Ali guilty of com­mit­ting an act of ter­ror and sen­tenced him to eight years in jail.

Although he did not di­rectly take part in the as­sault, pre­sid­ing Judge Muham­mad Noor said his ac­tions had nev­er­the­less “caused wide­spread pub­lic fear and ran counter to the govern­ment’s pro­gramme to erad­i­cate ter­ror­ism”.

Ali, who pledged al­le­giance to IS in 2014, said he ac­cepted the court’s de­ci­sion.

The court heard that Ali made cas­ings for pipe bombs used in the at­tack af­ter he was con­tacted for help by a mil­i­tant, who went on to take part in the as­sault.

Ali gave the de­vices to an­other mil­i­tant, who trans­ported them to Jakarta and handed them to the at­tack­ers. They were later found at the scene of the at­tack.

The sen­tenc­ing came af­ter two other IS sup­port­ers were jailed last week over the as­sault, one for help­ing to make a bomb and a sec­ond for try­ing un­suc­cess­fully to pro­cure weapons and am­mu­ni­tion.

Dozens of peo­ple have been ar­rested over sus­pected in­volve­ment.

IS has proved a po­tent new ral­ly­ing cry for rad­i­cals in In­done­sia and hun­dreds have flocked to the Mid­dle East to fight with the ji­hadists. – AFP

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