JAKARTA - Radical cleric Aman Abdurrahman was on Friday (June 22) sentenced to death for his role in inciting others to commit terror attacks in Indonesia.
The five-judge panel ruled that the 46-year-old had planned and incited others to commit terror acts.
"The defendant has either met his followers face to face or distributed his write-ups widely on the internet, MP3 clips as well as (live) audio calls," presiding judge Akhmad Jaini told the court room.
The panel cited an expert’s views at the trial that a terror attack is part of a set of actions that include contemplating and planning the attack, and that everyone involved must be held responsible.
Prosecutors had sought the death sentence for Aman, who had been charged with inciting various terror attacks, including a gun and suicide-bomb attack in Jakarta in 2016 that left four bystanders dead.
The 2016 terror attack was the first claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in South-east Asia.
Although some of the perpetrators of the various attacks had never met Aman, they read his views online and were inspired to launch the terror attacks, prosecutors had said.
Aman's lawyer Asluddin Hatjani said he would discuss with his client whether to appeal the verdict.
Security was tight with heavily-armed police guarding the court room and court house grounds.
Cameras and telecommunication devices were banned from the premises to comply with a recent directive from Indonesia’s broadcasting agency expressing concerns about terrorist trials being reported live and being used by some quarters to spread violent ideology.