Indonesian prosecutors seek death penalty for radical cleric

He is said to have incited others, while behind bars, to launch terror attacks in the country

Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman being led to a Jakarta court yesterday to hear the prosecution's recommendation. ST PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA

Prosecutors are seeking the death sentence for radical Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman for inciting others to commit various terror attacks in Indonesia, including an attack in Jakarta in 2016 that left four bystanders dead.

"It is a fact that the defendant is an important figurehead (in the militant network) who has... gained respect as he dared to convey different views," said the prosecution team, whose five members took turns to read their recommendation in a Jakarta court yesterday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'Indonesian prosecutors seek death penalty for radical cleric'. Print Edition | Subscribe