June 26, 2020, 04.29 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – An Indonesian court meted out a 12-year prison sentence to a man charged of attempting to kill former Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto. The West Jakarta District Court also handed a jail sentence to his accomplice.

Syahrial Alamsyah alias Abu Rara and his accomplice were charged in court after the two attempted to assassinate Wiranto during the latter’s visit to Pandeglang, Banten Province in October 2019.

“[The West Jakarta District Court] has sentenced defendant Syahrial Alamsyah alias Abu Rara to 12 years in jail, including time served,” said presiding judge Mazrial during the sentencing hearing on Thursday, June 26.

The judge also sentenced his wife and accomplice Fitria Diana as well as co-conspirator Samsudin alias Abu Basilah to nine and five years in jail, respectively.

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The defendants accepted their sentence, which are shorter than the 16 and 12 years advocated by prosecutors.

Syahrial’s defense attorneys maintained that their client is motivated by anti-government sentiment. “My client has not been proven to commit any terrorist offenses".

"However, he is guilty of causing bodily harm by stabbing [Wiranto],” Antara state news agency quoted his lawyer Kamsi as saying.

Syahrial also denied conspiring to kill Wiranto.

West Jakarta District Court sentencing hearing for the suspects behind former Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wirantos attempted assassination in Pandeglang, Banten Province in (10/10/2020)KOMPAS.com/ BONFILIO MAHENDRA WAHANAPUTRA LADJAR West Jakarta District Court sentencing hearing for the suspects behind former Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wirantos attempted assassination in Pandeglang, Banten Province in (10/10/2020)

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