Indonesia to free radical cleric linked to Bali bombings

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President confirms early jail release of atrocity’s alleged mastermind Abu Bakar Bashir

Abu Bakar Bashir, the radical Muslim cleric and alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings, will be granted early release from jail on humanitarian grounds, Indonesia’s president has said.

Bashir, 81, who is considered the spiritual leader of the Islamist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), was convicted in 2010 under anti-terrorism laws for links to militant training camps in Aceh province and jailed for 15 years.

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