Preacher gets 9 years' jail for inciting Jakarta suicide attack

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Muslim preacher Kiki Muhammad Iqbal (in orange) being escorted to a courtroom in Jakarta yesterday. He was sentenced to nine years' jail for inciting the suicide bombing in East Jakarta last May that killed three policemen.
Muslim preacher Kiki Muhammad Iqbal (in orange) being escorted to a courtroom in Jakarta yesterday. He was sentenced to nine years' jail for inciting the suicide bombing in East Jakarta last May that killed three policemen.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A Muslim preacher was yesterday sentenced to nine years in jail by an Indonesian court for inciting the suicide bombing in East Jakarta in May last year that killed three policemen.

Kiki Muhammad Iqbal, 38, had been charged with inciting others to commit an act of terrorism by delivering a sermon in a Bandung mosque on May 19 last year on how "mati syahid" - meaning "to die as a martyr" - is the ultimate goal of every good Muslim. The message from former terrorist bomb-maker Kiki was allegedly directed at Ahmad Sukri and Ikhwan Nur Salam, the two men who died while mounting a suicide bomb attack near a bus station in Jakarta on May 24.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2018, with the headline 'Preacher gets 9 years' jail for inciting Jakarta suicide attack'. Print Edition | Subscribe