INDONESIA JAILS ACEH SEPARATIST LEADER

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Nov. 16) - Judges in Indonesia's province of Aceh have jailed a leading member of the separatist Free Aceh Movement for 17 years for treason and other charges.

A judge at the trial in the town of Lhokseumawe said Mustafa bin Ibrahim was guilty beyond all reasonable doubt of treason, arms possession and extortion.

The judge said Ibrahim had led some 120 men and had committed various crimes that disrupted Aceh's security and economy.

The Jakarta Post daily reported the prosecutors had recommended a death sentence. Ibrahim told the court he would appeal the jail term.

He was caught with his wife in the North Sumatran city of Medan on October 20 as they were preparing to flee to Malaysia.

November 17, 2003

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