Indonesia jails terror leader to 10 years

Featured South East Asia - June 28th, 2013

An Indonesian court on Thursday sentenced an Islamist militant to 10 years in prison for his involvement in terrorism.

Al Qaeda Indonesia leader Badri Hartono was found guilty of sending recruits to a militant training camp on the jungle-clad island of Poso in southeast Sulawesi, known as a terror hotbed.

“He has been proven legally and convincingly guilty of being involved in testing explosive materials and militant training,” judge Musa Arif told the West Jakarta District Court.

Hartono and several of his group’s members mastered bomb-making techniques in the training camp in Poso, the court said. His group had also planned attacks on security forces.

It was not immediately clear whether Hartono’s group was linked to the real Al Qaeda, reports AFP.

Hartono, who previously denied the allegations, said he accepted Thursday’s verdict and would not appeal.