Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bali Mother Despairs; We Won't Get Justice Whatever Bashir's Fate, Woman Says

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bali Mother Despairs; We Won't Get Justice Whatever Bashir's Fate, Woman Says

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Byline: Karlis salna of AAP

A PERTH mother who lost her twin daughters in the first Bali bombings says that regardless of the decision in the latest trial of alleged terrorist Abu Bakar Bashir, the victims of the 2002 attacks and their families will never truly have justice.

The radical Muslim cleric will face the South Jakarta District Court today when a verdict will be delivered in relation to charges stemming from the discovery last year of a terrorist cell and paramilitary camp in Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra.

While he has already escaped the death penalty after prosecutors dropped two more serious charges, Bashir faces the prospect of life in prison if found guilty of inciting, planning and raising funds for terrorism.

It is the third time he has faced court on terrorism charges.

The former spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiah, the group responsible for the Bali bombings, served almost 26 months for conspiracy over the 2002 attacks before being freed in 2006 and subsequently cleared of any involvement. …

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