INDONESIAN COURT SENTENCES TERRORIST TO FIVE YEARS

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 22) - An Indonesian court has sentenced an Islamic militant to five years in jail for his involvement in a terror plot against Western interests.

Judge Syaifuddin said Ahmad Sofyan, alias Tamim, was guilty of taking part in a "sinister conspiracy" to launch attacks by attending several meetings of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) network in early 2003.

However, the Judge says the main charge of engaging in acts of terrorism could not be proved.

The sentence was much lighter than the 15 years recommended by prosecutors.

The judges said Sofyan was a member of a JI team in charge of making bombs but the team had not launched any attacks.

Sofyan, who also led the Jakarta branch of JI's military wing, was arrested after the suicide bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta last August which killed 12 people.

June 22, 2004

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