An Indonesian court has given a life sentence to a 32-year-old man convicted
of helping make the bombs that killed 202 people on the island of Bali in October
2002. This is one of several dozen sentences handed down in connection with Indonesia's
worst terrorist attack.
dossiers of Bali bombing suspects; Suranto, Sarjiyo, Ahmad Roichan
Indonesian judges Thursday said the man, known by the single name Sarjiyo,
has shown no remorse and gave him a life sentence for his part of the 2002
Bali bombings. Sarjiyo was convicted of mixing bomb chemicals and renting the
house where they were constructed.
His lawyers say he will appeal the conviction.
More than 200 people died when the bombs exploded outside a nightclub crowded
with Western tourists. The attack was planned and carried out by the regional
Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, or JI.
Members of JI have said that Americans and their allies were the main target
of the attack: revenge for the war in Afghanistan and Middle East policy.
Sarjiyo was born a Christian before converting to Islam and going to Afghanistan
during the 1980s to fight against the Soviet Union. He is one of 29 suspects
to be arrested in connection to the Bali bombings.
Three people have already been sentenced to death for their role, and two
others to life imprisonment.
However, three of JI's allegedly most dangerous members, the suspected bomb
makers Dr. Azahari Husin and Dulmatin, and financier Nurdin Mohammed Top, remain
Despite Indonesia's success in rounding up large numbers of suspected JI
members, analysts say the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group still poses a grave