Man gets 8 years for hiding terrorist in Indonesia

17:13, April 21, 2010      

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Indonesia's South Jakarta District Court sentenced Saefudin Zuhri on Tuesday to eight years in prison for harboring Malaysian-born terror mastermind Noordin M. Top, once the most wanted terror suspect in the region, last year, the Jakarta Post reported on Wednesday.

"The panel of judges found beyond doubt the accused guilty of involvement in terrorism and sentenced him to eight years in prison," Presiding Judge Heriyanto said while reading out the verdict.

The panel of judges rejected the defendant's claim that he did not know the person he affectionately called "Abang" was in fact Noordin M. Top. The judges said that photographs of Noordin had been posted in public by police long before Zuhri was arrested.

Heriyanto said the punishment was meant to be vindictive, but to serve as a warning so the defendant would not repeat the offense.

Zuhri's lawyer Ashludin Hatjani said he was considered whether to appeal the decision.

Source: Xinhua


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