Indonesia Will Review Bali Bombing Mastermind's Release From Jail

Ailing radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashirarrives for medical treatment at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta Indonesia on 1/3/18

Ailing radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashirarrives for medical treatment at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta Indonesia on 1/3/18

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, speaking before Widodo set out conditions for Bashir's release, urged Indonesia not to show him leniency.

Mr Morrison added that Bashir should serve his full 15-year sentence.

Widodo said Friday he had agreed to release Bashir on humanitarian grounds.

Indonesia's security minister, Mr Wiranto, told a hastily called news conference on Monday night that President Joko Widodo had asked him to co-ordinate a review of all aspects of the planned release, The Associated Press reports.

Indonesian security officials have previously raised concerns about Bashir's influence in radical networks.

"The president has ordered the relevant officials to immediately conduct a more in-depth and comprehensive study to respond to the request", Wiranto said in a Facebook post.

Bashir was convicted under anti-terrorism laws in 2010 for links to fighters' training and jailed for 15 years.

"I would obviously be very disappointed about that - like other Australians would - and will register that disappointment and quite strong feelings about that", Morrison told 4CA Radio in the Australian city of Cairns.

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"But also that the Indonesian government would show great respect for Australia in how they manage this issue".

Bashir was the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), an Islamist group linked to al Qaeda blamed for the 2002 bombing of nightclubs on Bali island that killed more than 200 people, majority tourists, including 88 Australians.

Bashir, 81, is considered the spiritual leader of Islamist group Jemaah Islamiah. "I think we may see Jokowi back away from the decision to release Bashir, not because Australia has put pressure on him, but because of the idea of releasing a person involved in terrorist activities that has spent his whole life supporting Islamic revolution to bring down the Islamic republic is simply unacceptable to many senior members of government and the political elite", he said.

The wreckage of the Sari nightclub pictured in 2002.

Three men were executed for their role in the bombings in 2008 and several others have either been jailed or killed by security forces.

'He should serve what the Indonesian justice system has delivered to him as his sentence'. "This is parole, not pure release, but conditional release, so the conditions must be fulfilled first".

"We don't want this character able to go out there and incite the killing of Australians and Indonesians, preaching a doctrine of hate".

PLANS to free a radical cleric linked to the deadly Bali bombings are under review, Indonesia has said, after the surprise decision drew sharp criticism.

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