“The defendant has been proven legally and convincingly guilty of plotting with others crimes of terror. We are therefore sentencing the defendant to life in jail,” said the presiding judge.
In its sentencing, the court referred to an article of Indonesian law requiring that any person convicted on those charges be sentenced to death, or a minimum of life in jail. Security experts said the verdict would help reassure the world Indonesia remained firm in its treatment of militants.
Earlier this month, a Jakarta court disappointed some by handing a relatively short four-year sentence to Abu Bakar Bashir for treason, a man many authorities believe is the spiritual head of the Islamic terror network blamed for Bali and other attacks.
“Its just another indication they are not going to buckle when it comes to these guys,” a Jakarta-based Western security analyst said.
In cases concluded earlier, judges sent Imron’s brother Amrozi and the convicted ground commander of the operation, Imam Samudra, to death row on similar charges. Neither showed any remorse or the cooperative attitude of Imron.
Prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for another of Imron’s older brothers, Mukhlas. The court is to deliver its verdict on October 2.