Tue, 06 Jun 2023

JAKARTA, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- A convicted terrorist masterminding the deadly Bali bombings in 2002, Arif Sunarso, known as Zulkarnaen, was sentenced to 15-year-imprisonment on Wednesday by Indonesia's East Jakarta Court.

The sentence is lower than a lifetime imprisonment previously demanded by prosecutors.

However, the punishment is not for his alleged key role in the Bali terrorist attack which killed 202 people, as the judges found that the statute of limitations had expired.

The judges found him guilty of aiding and funding terrorist acts by lending money, giving a shelter to terror perpetrators and withholding information on the terrorist acts.

Zulkarnaen is a former military commander for outlawed Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), a militant group linked to Al Qaeda terrorist group. The 58-year-old man was arrested in December 2020 by Indonesia's anti-terror squad Densus 88 after being on the run for 18 years.

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