JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesia leader to free radical cleric behind Bali bombings

18Jan - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Jan 18, 2019—The ailing 80-year-old radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists in Indonesia will be released from prison, Indonesia’s president said Friday, slashing a 15-year sentence.

The announcement of Abu Bakar Bashir‘s imminent release came during campaigning for a presidential election due in April in which opponents of President Joko Widodo have tried to discredit him as insufficiently Islamic.

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