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(From Business Times (Malaysia))
INDONESIA'S Supreme Court rejected an appeal by ulama Abu Bakar Bashir to be freed but instead halved his jail sentence to 1 1/2 years on charges of forging documents and immigration offences.
"We have been officially informed that ustad's sentence has been cut to one-and-a-half years.
"This means he (Abu Bakar) will be freed in about a month's time," Abu Bakar's lawyer, Achmad Michdan, told NST.
Abu Bakar, 65, is accused of being the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), the regional terrorist group blamed for the Bali bombings which killed 202 people on Oct 12, 2002 and the J.W. Marriott blast in …