Indonesia moves jailed cleric amid inhumane treatment claim

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 11:10 AM

The ailing 77-year-old Abu Bakar Bashir was confined to a tiny isolation cell on Nusa Kambangan in the wake of the Jan. fourteen suicide bombings in the Indonesian capital Jakarta to prevent him from radicalizing other prisoners and to slice him off from extremist networks.

Indonesia moves jailed cleric amid inhumane treatment claim

Indonesian authorities on Saturday moved the jailed spiritual boss of the two thousand two Bali bombers from a notorious prison island amid demands by his lawyer to finish his "inhumane" treatment.

The ailing 77-year-old Abu Bakar Bashir was confined to a tiny isolation cell on Nusa Kambangan in the wake of the Jan. fourteen suicide bombings in the Indonesian capital Jakarta to prevent him from radicalizing other prisoners and to slice him off from extremist networks.

Hendra Eka Putra, the chief warden, said Bashir was moved to Gunung Sindur prison, about fifty kilometers (thirty miles) southeast of Jakarta. He was transported in an armored car from Jakarta to the prison in an operation involving more than two hundred thirty officers.

Bashir'south lawyer Mohammad Mahendradatta said Thursday that the condition of Bashir's two square meter (twenty-two square foot) cell was "simply shocking and inhumane treatment against him is causing his health to deteriorate."

"His transfer was made on the basis of humanity because of his elderly and health-related rights," Putra said. "The government has considered that he needed a prison that's better health facilities and doctors."

Bashir, known as the spiritual boss of al-Qaida-linked militants behind the Bali bombings that killed two hundred two people, was sentenced to fifteen years in prison in 2011.

Prosecutors said he was a key player in funding a militant training camp in Aceh that brought together men from nearly every known extremist grouping in predominantly Muslim Indonesia. A higher Ct later slice the sentence to nine years.

Mahendradatta had told The Associated Press that Bashir was kept in his isolation cell for twenty-three hours a day and slept on thinly mats over a cement floor without blankets. He was denied reading materials and personal items, regularly awakened from his sleep because of mosquitoes, and consultations with medical staff took space behind barriers.

Putra declined to declare whether authorities would continue to insulate Bashir in his new prison. He said Bashir wouldn't be denied basic rights.

The Gunung Sindur maximum-security prison, which was built in two thousand-tenth, is equipped with high-tech security measures including cellular signal jammers to prevent unauthorized communications by inmates.

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