Archive for Saturday, August 18, 2007

Bali bombers’ prison sentences reduced

August 18, 2007

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— Ten Islamic militants jailed for suicide bombings on Bali that killed more than 220 people - many of them foreign tourists - had several months shaved off their sentences Friday to mark Indonesia's Independence Day.

It is a local tradition to cut jail terms on holidays, but the decision was likely to anger countries that lost citizens in the 2002 and 2005 attacks on the resort island's crowded nightclubs and restaurants.

Those who benefited from Friday's remissions were serving between eight and 18 years on a variety of charges, including helping to plan the bombings, sheltering the main suspects and setting up a Web site explaining how to kill foreigners.

Six men involved in the Oct. 12, 2002, terror strikes that claimed 202 lives - 88 of them Australians - had their sentences cut by five months for good behavior, said Ilham Djaya, chief warden at Bali's main prison.

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