JAKARTA. An appeal by extremist Islamic spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir against his nine-year jail sentence has backfired spectacularly, with a judge yesterday increasing it to 15 years.
The decision of the Jakarta Supreme Court - the reasons for which will be revealed later - has the effect of reinstating the sentence of the original trial judge, after a lower court had reduced it. If the hardline cleric chooses to continue to fight the case, he must present new evidence and seek a judicial review of the Supreme Court's judgment.
Bashir was convicted in June 2011 of funding a training camp for jihadists in Aceh province and for inciting terrorism. But he was acquitted of being involved in the 2002 Bali bombings, in which 202 people died.