Head of Terrorist Group Sentenced to 15 Years for Bali Bombing
01/20/2022 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – The mastermind behind the deadly Bali Bombing, where more than 200 people were killed, has been sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment.
Commonly known as Arif Sunarso, Zulkarnaen, Daud, and Abdullah Abdurrohman, Sunarso was found guilty of committing a criminal act of terrorism on January 19. He was arrested by the anti-terror police Densus 88 on Dec. 10, 2020, after being at large for 18 years.
The months he spent behind bars awaiting trial will be applied to his actual sentence. Although the public prosecutor demanded life imprisonment for Sunarso, he only received 15 years.
According to Asia News, Sunarso not only masterminded the Bali attacks, but was also responsible for attacks on Jolo Island (Philippines) and was a key asset for the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist group, teaching in its training camps. For at least seven years, he oversaw the training of Islamist fighters in Afghanistan and the Philippines.
Police had detained Sunarso previously in connection with a series of attacks against Indonesian churches in several cities between Christmas and New Year in 2000-2001, Indonesian police spokesman Ahmad Ramadan said in 2020.
He was also allegedly involved in the bombing of the Philippine ambassador’s residence in Menteng, Jakarta, in August 2000.
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