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Radical Cleric Linked to Bali Bombing to Be Freed from Prison

A radical cleric thought to be the spiritual leader of the Bali bombers will be released from prison on medical grounds, Indonesia's president said Friday. Abu Bakar Bashir, 80, is believed to have been a key figure in terror network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), which was blamed for the 2002 bombings on the holiday island which killed more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists. It was Indonesia's deadliest militant attack and prompted Jakarta to beef up anti-terror cooperation with the U.S. and Australia, which has previously opposed clemency for Bashir. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Friday that he had agreed to order the ailing preacher's release from a prison on the outskirts of the capital. "The first reason is humanitarian," Widodo told reporters. "He is old ... and his health condition was also part of the consideration." Widodo did not say when Bashir would be released, but one of the... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline article, Radical Cleric Linked to Bali Bombing to Be Freed from Prison, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give 'Phuket Hotel Deals' a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you visit 'VOA NEWS'. Thank you Radical Cleric Linked to Bali Bombing to Be Freed from Prison

 

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