Friday December 22, 06:12 PM
Bashir slams West after court ruling
Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has painted a court ruling clearing him of any part in the 2002 Bali bombings as a “warning for the West” not to attempt to oppress Indonesia.
Indonesia’s Supreme Court has overturned Bashir’s conviction for conspiracy in the bombings on the Indonesian resort island.
The attack killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. The ruling angered Australia, which lost 88 nationals, with Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty saying he “had no doubt” Bashir was involved.
Bashir has long claimed he was arrested on trumped up charges after the West demanded that Indonesia get tough on radical Islam following the September 11, 2001 strikes in the United States.
On Friday, he defiantly warned: “This is evidence that even though all this time the West think that they can subjugate Indonesia, there are still some Muslims and Indonesians who have the courage to convey the truth,” he told Elshinta radio.
Western nations, especially Australia and the United States, have previously protested against what they regarded as lenient treatment of Bashir by the judiciary.