In­done­sian court rules mil­i­tant guilty of ter­ror­ism

The Myanmar Times - - ASEAN Focus -

AN In­done­sian court sen­tenced an Is­lamic mil­i­tant on Thurs­day to 11 years in prison af­ter find­ing him guilty of con­duct­ing train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for a ter­ror­ist attack.

Wawan Kur­ni­awan was ar­rested along with four other mil­i­tants last Oc­to­ber by the anti-ter­ror squad in Pekan­baru, the cap­i­tal of Riau prov­ince.

Judge Suhartono, who presided over the trial at West Jakarta Dis­trict Court, said Wawan had been proven guilty un­der the anti-ter­ror law.

Wawan, 43, was the lo­cal leader of Je­maah An­sho­rut Daulah, an In­done­sian mil­i­tant net­work af­fil­i­ated with the Is­lamic State group that has been im­pli­cated in at­tacks in the coun­try.

Wawan was ac­cused of hav­ing pro­voked a riot in May at a high­se­cu­rity po­lice de­ten­tion cen­tre in which six of­fi­cers were killed by Is­lamic in­mates who took con­trol of part of the prison near In­done­sia’s cap­i­tal. One mil­i­tant was also killed.

A week later, four sword-wield­ing men who al­legedly be­longed to Je­maah An­sho­rut Daulah at­tacked a po­lice head­quar­ters in Pekan­baru and were fa­tally shot by po­lice. A fifth man who drove their ve­hi­cle was ar­rested while try­ing to es­cape. One of­fi­cer died and two oth­ers were in­jured.

The Is­lamic State group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the attack in a state­ment car­ried by its Aa­maq news agency.

Pros­e­cu­tors had sought a 13-year jail sen­tence for Wawan, but the panel of judges said they de­cided to be le­nient be­cause of his po­lite­ness dur­ing the trial and be­cause he had never been sen­tenced in a crim­i­nal case be­fore. – AP

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