Sunday 20 January 2019

IS-linked militant jailed for seven years in Indonesia

The judge said it had been proven that Zainal Anshori ‘committed a criminal act of terrorism’.

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Indonesia Terror Trial

By Associated Press Reporters

A court has sentenced the leader of an Islamic State group-affiliated militant network in Indonesia to seven years in prison for involvement in smuggling guns from the southern Philippines.

It had been proven that Zainal Anshori “committed a criminal act of terrorism”, Presiding Judge Siti Jamzanah said at East Jakarta District Court on Monday.

She said Anshori had travelled to a town in Sulawesi closest to the Indonesian border with the southern Philippines to collect a cache of weapons.

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Court documents said he also attempted to set up a jihadist training camp.

Anshori was arrested in April, sparking a reprisal attack against police which ended with six militants being killed in a gun battle.

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The network he led, Jamaah Anshorut Daulah, is believed to have been responsible for a 2016 attack in Jakarta that killed eight people including the four attackers.

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