Bashir sparks terror fear

by admin on August 30th, 2019

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Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Mick Keelty warned of the risks after the Indonesian Supreme Court overturned Bashir’s conviction over the bombings, in which 88 Australians died.


The Supreme Court has ruled Bashir did not give his blessing to the bombings and overturned his conviction on conspiracy charges in the attack that killed a total of 202 people.

But Mr Keelty said Australians had no reason to be disappointed with Indonesia’s judicial system.

“Circumstantial cases are the most difficult to put before a court,” he told ABC Radio today.

“I don’t think people should be disappointed about the Indonesian criminal justice system,” he said.

“I think we should just accept that it was a complex and difficult case to prosecute.”

The 2002 bombing was followed by attacks against the Australian embassy in Jakarta in 2004 and another bombing in Bali in October of 2005 in which 23 people were killed, including four Australians.

Mr Keelty said the consequences of the court’s latest decision were unclear.

“I don’t think even those involved in the activities in Indonesia would have been aware that this decision was about to be handed down, let alone be given time to react to it in such a way.”

Even so, he cautioned Australians planning to visit Indonesia over the holiday season.

“We are concerned at the moment that there may be further bombings during this Christmas period.”

Mr Keelty praised the co-operation between Australian and Indonesian forces in training new police recruits and in tracking down suspected terrorists.

“If you look at it in per capita terms, of how many people we believe are involved in terrorism, the Indonesian National Police and the Indonesian authorities have arrested more terrorists and put them through their criminal justice system than any other country in the world.”

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