June 26, 2020, 04.29 PM

But the court disagreed.

"We rule that the defendant is guilty of terrorism together with his wife," said Judge Masrizal. He added that Alamsyah belonged to Jamaah Anshor Daulah [JAD], a local extremist group affiliated to Islamic State [IS].

The IS-linked extremist group is responsible for a number of attacks, including suicide bombings at churches in Surabaya, East Java in 2018 that killed a dozen people. 

The court ruling said Syahrial and Fitria pledged allegiance to late IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. They added that the couple is also radicalized by hard-line propaganda on social media and watching videos of Muslims fighting in Syria.

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They also listened to speeches by jailed cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the firebrand who inspired the 2002 Bali bombings, and Aman Abdurrahman. The latter is the mastermind of a 2016 terrorist attack in Jakarta.

But prosecutors said Syahrial’s attack on Wiranto was done spontaneously.

“[Syahrial] and his family thought a police helicopter flying over the town of Menes, where the defendant lived, is meant to arrest him,” said Herry.

“Their fear is based on the arrest of a fellow JAD militant in Bekasi by the Densus 88 counterterrorist police the previous month, in September 2019.”

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