The Indonesian justice has released al radical cleric Intelectual author of the Bali attacks in 2002, Aby Bakar Bashir, after serving a jail sentence linked to another accusation for terrorism.
He presumed brain of the series of explosive attacks, which 202 people were killed of more than two dozen nationalities, he was released from Gunung Sindur prison, south of Jakarta, confirms in a statement Rika Apriandi, director of the Corrections department. Bashir, 82 and who denies his involvement in the Bali attacks, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2011 for his links to terrorist training camps in the Indonesian province of Aceh, in the north of the island of Sumatra. However, the authorities have granted him several sentence reductions, for a total of 55 months, which has allowed him to be released earlier.
The liberation took place early in the morning to avoid possible crowds of the followers of the radical cleric, points out the local press.
Al Qaeda Link
Bashir is considered the spiritual leader of the Yemaa Islamiya, the Al Qaeda link in Southeast Asia and founded in 1995 to create an Islamic caliphate in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the southern Philippines and Thailand, and to which most of the attacks perpetrated in Southeast Asia are attributed.
On October 12, 2002, two members of the terrorist group blew themselves up in and at the entrance of a dance club from tourist area of Kuta, where 164 foreigners died, 38 Indonesians and more than 200 people were injured.
Another explosive device was detonated that same day outside the US consulate in Denpasar, provincial capital, and that it only caused minor damage.
Disagreement of the victims
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He Australian Government, a country from which 88 of the fatalities of the 2002 attack came, and relatives of the deceased have shown their disagreement about Bashir liberation. Australian Phil Britten, who was seriously injured in 40% of his body and lost seven friends in the terrorist attack, expressed his fear that Bashir could continue to proclaim his radical Islamist speech out of prison. “Although many years have passed and he is already an old man, I am concerned that we live in a world (…) with a greater predisposition to radicalization” through the internet, the Australian told the local newspaper The Age after learning about the release.
For his part, Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, said today that the release of the radical cleric is “anguish for family and friends of the 88 Australians killed.”