As Indonesia Considers Cleric’s Case, Australia Opposes Leniency
Australia on Saturday urged Indonesia against any leniency toward the ideological leader of the Bali bombers as the government considers house arrest or other forms of clemency for the ailing radical cleric who is now in prison. Wiranto, Indonesia’s top security minister, said Friday that a meeting of security ministers and police will make a recommendation on Abu Bakar Bashir’s treatment to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. “Clemency, pardon, house arrest or just hospital treatment. It will be discussed in the near future and will be reported to the president,” said Wiranto, who uses a single name. Bashir, who turns 80 in August, was treated in a Jakarta hospital Thursday for pooling of blood in the legs, a common condition in the elderly known as chronic venous insufficiency, and later returned to prison. Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said Thursday that the government plans to place Bashir under house arrest so he can be cared for by his family or transfer him to a prison near his hometown, Solo in Central Java, according to local media. Bali bombing His numerous sympathizers hope Jokowi will grant him a permanent release because of his poor health, a move that would help mend fences between hard-line Muslims and Jokowi ahead of a presidential election in 2019 but alarm allies such as the United States and Australia. Jokowi’s approval ratings remain high with the broader Indonesian public. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s office on Saturday described Bashir as the mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreigners including 88 Australians. Bishop’s office said in a statement that Australians expected justice to continue to be served to “the full extent that Indonesian law allows.” “Abu Bakar Bashir should never be allowed to incite others to carry other future attacks against innocent civilians,” the... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, As Indonesia Considers Cleric’s Case, Australia Opposes Leniency, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Saturday, 3 March, 2018
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