Indonesia court sentences Muslim terrorist leader to 15 years

(dpa) - An Indonesian district court sentenced the self-proclaimed military commander of a notorious South-east Asian terrorist network to 15 years in prison Monday.

The South Jakarta district court founded Abu Dujana, 38, guilty for violating anti-terrorism laws, for providing weapons and financial assistances for Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).

Chief Judge Wahyono, who like many Indonesians goes only by one name, also said in his ruling that JI is an illegal organization in Indonesia, the world's most-populous Muslim nation.

Prosecutors also charged Dujana with hiding fugitive Bali-bombing mastermind Noordin M Top and JI's master bomb-maker, Azahari bin Husin, who was killed in a police raid two years ago.

He was also convicted of stockpiling and distributing illegal arms, funding a string of terrorist activities and helping to organize attacks in Central Sulawesi.

Dujana told the court during testimony in a previous hearing that he helped to illegally procure weapons and cash in Indonesia.

Dujana was charged under anti-terrorism laws enacted only weeks after the October 2002 bombings of two nightspots on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that left at least 202 people dead, mostly foreign visitors.

The same court was also scheduled to sentence another alleged JI leader, Zarkasih, who is on trial on similar charges.

Indonesia's elite anti-terror squad, Detachment 88, captured both Dujana and Zarkasih in Central Java in June. Their arrests followed the discovery of bunkers containing hundreds of kilograms of explosives and weapons beneath houses in Central Java.

Police said the haul could have created a blast more powerful than the 2002 Bali bombs.

Dujana said he underwent training in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 1989 and became an instructor in the southern Philippines in the 1990s.

Dujana led JI's military wing, Sariyah, from 2004 until his arrest, police alleged. During his leadership, he recruited followers, organized the allocation of explosives and planned JI's battle strategy.

Jemaah Islamiyah is also accused of carrying out a 2003 attack on the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, a 2004 attack on the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and 2005 triple suicide bombings at restaurants in Bali.

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