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Indonesia's Supreme Court upholds Bashir's guilty verdict

August 06, 2005 14:02 IST

Indonesia's Supreme Court upheld a 30-month prison sentence for cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, a court official said on Saturday.

Bashir's lawyers were dismayed at the decision, saying their client was innocent, but victims of the violence said they were far from satisfied.

Bashir, the alleged spiritual head of the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror group, was convicted in March for blessing the militants who carried out the attacks that killed 202 people, many of them Australian tourists.

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The Supreme Court upheld the decision in a closed-door session on Wednesday, exhausting his appeals process, said Johanes Suhadi, a spokesman for South Jakarta District Court. He had no other details.

Lawyers for Bashir said the ruling was expected and accused the United States of interfering. "We deeply regret the Supreme Court decision," said Muhammad Assegaf. "But it does not change anything - we believe our client is innocent. He was not involved in the Bali bombings."

Assegaf said Bashir would seek justice through other channels. The Australian father of one of the victims, 21-year-old Josh Deegan, said there was no reason to celebrate.

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