An Indonesian court sentenced a leader of the Islamist terrorist group Yemá Islamiya to seven years in prison in connection with the Bali attack in 2002 for his efforts to rebuild the organization.
For 55-year-old Wijayanto, he tried to rebuild Yemá Islamiya after taking over the leadership of the terror group after a court ruling declared the organization illegal. He also sent members of the terrorist group to Syria to fight with rebel groups and procure weapons, judges from the East Jakarta District Court decided.
“Despite the absence of violence, the accused made preparations to establish an Islamic state in Indonesia,” judge Alex Adam Faisal read the court’s verdict. Para did not plead guilty to the charges against him.
Yemá Islamiya, once a subsidiary of Al Qaeda in Southeast Asia, has been held responsible for several death attacks in Indonesia since the 2000s.
The attacks include the series of attacks on Christmas Eve 2000 that killed 18 people and the attacks that killed 202 people in Bali in 2002. The police had Para on the list of the most wanted refugees in the country. Investigators from Yemá Islamiya received military training in the southern Philippines in 2000, according to investigators.