Why am I not surprised?
Jakarta: Indonesian prosecutors on Monday dropped the most serious terror charges against radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for lack of evidence, leaving him facing a possible life sentence instead of death.
Prosecutors at his trial in Jakarta said the charge of providing firearms and explosives for terrorist acts, for which the 72-year-old preacher could have faced the death penalty, “could not be proven convincingly”.
Of course not.
Hundreds of Bashir’s radical followers erupted into chants of “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) in support for the man who is widely regarded as a spiritual leader of Southeast Asian jihadists.