Radical Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman has been sentenced to death over his role in terror attacks carried out by IS-linked militants. He is considered to be the key ideologue of the Islamist extremists in Indonesia.
Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman was sentenced to death on Friday by a court in Jakarta for ordering militants affiliated with the terror group "Islamic State" (IS) to carry out attacks, including a suicide bombing at a Starbucks in Jakarta in 2016.
Prosecutors said that several attacks in Indonesia occurred under his instructions given from prison, where he was serving a terrorism-related sentence.
Apart from the Starbucks bombing and ensuing gunfight, which killed four civilians and four militants, there was an attack on a bus terminal in Jakarta that left three police officers dead and an attack on a church in Kalimantan in which a 2-year-old girl died.
The hearing was guarded by several hundred police.
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Prosecutors say Abdurrahman is the major force behind the IS ideology in Indonesia, which is the largest Muslim nation in the world.
Suicide bombings last month in the country's second-largest city, Surabaya, have fueled fears that more attacks could be imminent.
The attacks in Surabaya were carried out by families, including their young children. Twenty-six people, including 13 attackers, died.
Police say the leader of the attacks belonged to the network of militants that were under Abdurrahman's influence.
tj/kms (AFP, AP)