JAKARTA, Indonesia | Lawyer for radical Indonesian cleric says he will be freed

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

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Jan 18, 2019—A lawyer for the ailing radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers says the Indonesian government will release him from prison next week.

The lawyer, Muhammad Mahendradatta, said Friday the decision to release 80-year-old Abu Bakar Bashir was made on humanitarian grounds.

The announcement comes 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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