An Indonesian court has sentenced to death Aman Abdurrahman, the radical cleric considered the defacto leader of Islamic State sympathisers in the country, for inspiring a wave of terror attacks across Indonesia including Southeast Asia’s first ISIS-claimed terror strike on central Jakarta in 2016.
The five judge panel ruled the 46-year-old had planned and incited others to commit terror acts and told his followers to unite ISIS supporters in Indonesia through the eventual creation of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), the umbrella organisation of ISIS-inspired militant groups behind a wave of recent attacks across the Muslim-majority nation.
“The defendant told his followers to wage jihad which directly resulted in acts of terror, causing loss of lives and injuries, some permanent,” presiding judge Ahmad Zaini said in his ruling, adding the court found no mitigating circumstances.
Dressed in blue shirt, black pants and an ISIS-style black headscarf, Aman raised his arm in defiance as the sentence was announced at 11.20am (AEST 2.20pm) this morning before dropping to the floor to pray.
He was immediately surrounded by more than a dozen heavily-armed police with automatic rifles who blocked a gallery packed with media from photographing the scene.