Sunday, August 14, 2005

Kevorkian diplomacy

I posted on the radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir receiving 30 months for his role in provoking the Bali bombings last week. Well I have good news, I didn't save a bunch of money on my car insurance, but Bashir is getting an early release from prison!
The father of a UK Bali bombing victim says the early release of jailed militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir will allow him to continue to spread poison.

Bashir, the alleged spiritual head of the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah, is one of some 53,000 inmates receiving sentence reductions to mark Indonesia's independence day on August the 17th.

He was convicted in March of conspiracy in the Bali bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and 28 Britons, and sentenced to serve 30 months.

The Supreme Court rejected his appeal earlier this year.

The father of 28-year-old Daniel Braden, from Brighton, East Sussex, was one of the victims of the attack.

He says relatives of victims will feel quite bad about the reduction, and that Bashir should remain incarcerated and not be given the oxygen of publicity to spread his poison.
Here is a thought, if you want to celebrate you nations independence day, don't release those who want to kill you.

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