Indonesian Government Will Move Cleric Muslims on Humanitarian Reasons

By | March 09, 2018 Leave a Comment
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The Indonesian government is deciding to move the muslim cleric involved in terrorism case Abu Bakar Ba'asyir from prison with maximum security on humanitarian grounds.

Ba'asyir, who now inhabits the prison of Mount Sindur in West Java, will be moved to a prison located close to his hometown in Sukoharjo, Central Java.

"We decided to move him to a prison close to his home," said Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto.

The transfer of Ba'asyir, who is now 80 years old, is based on humanity since he is old and sick so need to be near of his family.

"He is old enough and has been in prison for quite a while, and his health is certainly declining,"

A medical team previously said that Ba'asyir experienced chronic venous insufficiency bilateral, and advised him to be treated outside the prison.

Wiranto said the security aspects of the leader of Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia (MMI) will remain a priority.

"We keep him from not spreading his ideology, not freely in detention and interacting with anyone. There is still a rule," said Wiranto.

The transfer will be carry out as soon as possible.

The decision at once aborted some growing speculation that Ba'asyir would be house arrest, even get the pardon of the president.

Australia government urged Indonesia last week to not give any leniency toward the ideological leader of the Bali bombers.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s office on Saturday described Bashir as the mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreigners including 88 Australians.

Bishop’s office said in a statement that Australians expected justice to continue to be served to “the full extent that Indonesian law allows.”

“Abu Bakar Bashir should never be allowed to incite others to carry other future attacks against innocent civilians,” the statement said.

Bashir was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2011 for supporting a military-style training camp for Islamic militants.

The firebrand cleric was arrested almost immediately after the Bali bombing. But prosecutors were unable to prove a string of terrorism-related allegations. He was instead sentenced to 18 months in prison for immigration violations.

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