Singaporean Sentenced to 18 Years for Terrorism

JAKARTA ~ A Singaporean Islamist who trained for “holy war” in Afghanistan and met Osama bin Laden in 2000 was sentenced to 18 years’ jail this week under Indonesia’s anti-terrorism law.

Mohammad Hasan bin Saynudin, 35, yelled “Allahu akbar” (God is great) as the sentence was read out at the South Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

Among other crimes, he was convicted of planning the 2007 murder of Christian teacher Dago Simamora and a bomb attack on a backpacker tourist cafe which was aborted due to fears of Muslim casualties.

Judge Haswandi said the bearded extremist, who had boasted of his exploits to the media during the trial, “never showed remorse for what he did.”

“The accused disturbed the stability and peace of Indonesia and spoilt the image of Indonesia in the eyes of the international community,” he said.

The judge added however that the state’s request for a 20-year sentence had not been granted because Hasan had admitted to his crimes.

Wearing a long white robe with matching turban, Hasan looked angry when the judge announced the sentence.

“This sentence is not valid and not compatible with Islamic sharia law,” he told reporters as he was led away by police.

“As a holy warrior I’m only scared of God’s punishment. I could be sentenced to death and I wouldn’t be scared.”

Hasan was allegedly linked to regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah.

He was arrested with nine other terror suspects in South Sumatra last year.

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