Indonesia’s Daesh-linked cleric sentenced to death

Abdurrahman played a key role in the attacks by delivering sermons that inspired his followers to carry out fatal assaults. Reuters
Updated 22 June 2018
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Indonesia’s Daesh-linked cleric sentenced to death

  • In the January 2016 attack in central Jakarta, Abdurrahman’s followers detonated a bomb in a cafe and fired gunshots at policemen
  • Prosecutors had sought the death sentence against the JAD leader after Abdurrahman pleaded not guilty to the charges

JAKARTA: An Indonesian court on Friday sentenced the leader of a Daesh-affiliated group to death for urging followers to carry out a series of terror attacks across the country, including the 2016 raid in central Jakarta that left eight people, including four extremists, dead.

On hearing the verdict, the cleric, Aman Abdurrahman, leader of Jamaah Anshorut Daulah (JAD), turned to face journalists and got down on his knees as if to express gratitude for the death penalty.
Armed police formed a barricade to shield Abdurrahman as he made the gesture.
The presiding judge, Akhmad Zaini, said that Abdurrahman played a significant role in the attacks by delivering online sermons that inspired his followers to carry out fatal assaults.
“The defendant did not have to directly order, but he could convey (his messages) through his commandos. He only needed to provide his grounds for his followers so they were convinced to execute his orders,” Zaini said.
Other attacks included twin suicide bombings at a bus station in East Jakarta, police shootings in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, and the killing of a police officer in the North Sumatra police headquarters.
In the January 2016 attack in central Jakarta, Abdurrahman’s followers detonated a bomb in a cafe and fired gunshots at policemen.
“Abdurrahman has to take responsibility for his actions,” Zaini said.
Prosecutors had sought the death sentence against the JAD leader after Abdurrahman pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Police said that the militant group —  declared a terrorist organization by the US State Department in January 2017 — was behind the suicide bombings carried out by two families on three churches and a police headquarters in Surabaya, the provincial capital of East Java, in May.
Abdurrahman’s lawyer, Asludin Hatjani, said he would ask his client whether to file for appeal.
The cleric was seen waving his hand to say “no” to his lawyer after judges asked if they would appeal the verdict.
Hatjani said: “He told me before the hearing that he has let it all go and doesn’t want to appeal.”


UK police think boy, 3, was attacked with acid at store

British police officers speak to members of the public in St Pancras station in London, in this file photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 23 min 21 sec ago
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UK police think boy, 3, was attacked with acid at store

  • Police also report that innocuous liquids sometimes are thrown into the face of mugging targets to make them think they have been hit with a corrosive substance, panic and give up their valuables more easily
  • Most of the attacks have happened in London, but they have been reported in many parts of Britain

LONDON: A 3-year-old boy suffered severe burns on his face and arm during a suspected acid attack in England that investigators think was deliberate, police said Sunday.
West Mercia police Chief Superintendent Mark Travis said police were working to identify the substance that burned the child Saturday at a discount store in Worcester.
A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm. Three others were being sought for questioning and police released photos to generate public tips.
“At this time we are treating this as a deliberate attack,” Travis said in a statement. “The incident will rightly shock the local community, and I would like to reassure local people that we are carrying out a thorough investigation.”
British police have reported seeing an increase in acid attacks during the last year, but it is very rare for a victim to be so young. Some attacks are related to gang fights or late-night bar confrontations.
Most of the attacks have happened in London, but they have been reported in many parts of Britain. A London teenager was given a prison sentence of more than 10 years this year after being convicted of spraying acid into the faces of moped drivers so he could steal their mopeds.
Police also report that innocuous liquids sometimes are thrown into the face of mugging targets to make them think they have been hit with a corrosive substance, panic and give up their valuables more easily.
Robin Walker, the Worcester representative in Parliament, said lawmakers are considering allowing tougher sentences for people convicted of any type of intentional assault with acid.
He described what happened to the 3-year-old boy as “horrific.”
A police statement late Sunday afternoon said the boy had been discharged from the hospital. He has not been identified.