Indonesia released Friday the militant cleric Abu Bakr Ba’asyir, whom authorities suspect of being the mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings..
A spokeswoman for the General Directorate of Corrections at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights said that Ba’asyir returned with his family to his home in Central Java, and pictures showed Ba’asyir wearing white clothes and a muzzle upon leaving prison in Bogor, South Jakarta..
Ba’asyir, 82, was imprisoned in 2011 for fifteen years in connection with his links to a militant training camp in Aceh province, and he is considered the spiritual leader of the group, a jihadist network linked to al-Qaeda. His sentence period is now.
Although Bashir was linked to the Bali bombings that killed 202 people and the 2003 attack on the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, he was not convicted in the two incidents, and he also denied any connection with them..
Among the victims of the Bali bombings 88 were Australia, and Australian Foreign Minister Maris Bean said on Thursday that Indonesia must ensure that Bashir will not fuel further violence after his release..