Convicted Bali bombers get sentence reductions
Militant cleric gets four and a half months off in honor of independence day
JAKARTA, Indonesia – A militant cleric and 17 others convicted in the 2002 bombings that killed 202 people on the resort island of Bali have received sentence reductions of several months to mark Indonesia’s independence day, wardens said Wednesday.
Cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged spiritual head of the al-Qaida-linked terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, was originally given a 30-month prison sentence for his role in the bombings, which killed many Australian tourists.
On Wednesday he was given a 4½-month sentence reduction, said Dedi Sutardi, the chief warden at Cipinang Prison in Jakarta, which means he could be released from prison in June 2006.

Of course, a 30 month sentence for the crime is a joke to begin with, so what’s a couple months less in the big scheme of things?

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