Indonesian court rules militant guilty of terrorism

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court has sentenced a militant to 11 years in prison for conducting training in preparation for a terrorist attack.

Wawan Kurniawan was arrested by the anti-terror squad last October in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province.

The West Jakarta District Court ruled yesterday that Wawan was guilty of a terrorist crime.

Wawan was the local leader of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, an Indonesian militant network affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group that has been implicated in attacks in the country.

He is accused of having provoked a riot in May at a police detention centre near Indonesia’s capital that left five officers and a prisoner dead.

Indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since bombings by al-Qaeda-affiliated radicals in Bali in 2002 which killed 202 people.

Militant Wawan Kurniawan, centre, is escorted by masked police officers upon arrival for his trial at West Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia. – AP