Pro-ISIS Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman won't appeal against death sentence

Radical Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman will be transferred from the detention centre at the National Police's Mobile Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java, to another, as yet unspecified, higher-security prison.
Radical Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman will be transferred from the detention centre at the National Police's Mobile Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java, to another, as yet unspecified, higher-security prison.PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Radical Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman has instructed his lawyer not to file an appeal against his death sentence for inciting various terror attacks in the country.

"It has been seven days since the final hearing, and we have not filed an appeal against the sentence," lawyer Asludin Hatjani said on Friday (June 29), as quoted by the Kompas news website.

As such, he said, the pro-ISIS cleric would be transferred from the detention centre at the National Police's Mobile Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java, to another as yet unspecified higher-security prison.

The South Jakarta District Court on June 22 found Aman, the de facto leader of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), guilty of inciting others to commit at least five terror attacks.

The JAD is a local affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group.

Those attacks included the gun and suicide-bomb attack in Jakarta in 2016 that left four bystanders dead, a church-bombing in Samarinda, East Kalimantan that same year that killed a child, and the Kampung Melayu bombings in east Jakarta last year where three police officers died.

The 2016 attack was the first claimed by the ISIS group in South-east Asia.

 

Prosecutors had sought the death sentence for Aman, arguing that although some of the perpetrators of the attacks had never met him, his writings that were made available online had inspired others to launch the attacks.