Mastermind of Myanmar embassy plot jailed

January 22, 2014 - 4:22:37 am
JAKARTA:  An Indonesian court yesterday jailed the mastermind of an Islamic extremist plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy for seven-and-a-half years, but the militant pledged to “continue fighting the enemies of Islam.”

Sigit Indrajid confessed at an earlier hearing to leading a group which planned to attack the mission in Jakarta to avenge the killing of minority Rohingya Muslims in mainly Buddhist Myanmar.

The plight of the Rohingya, many of whom have been killed or displaced in sectarian unrest in Myanmar, caused widespread anger in Indonesia. 

The plan was foiled last May 2 when police caught two of the plotters riding a motorbike in the capital, and one of them was found to be carrying a backpack full of pipe-bombs.

They had planned to launch the attack the following day.

Presiding judge Hariono told the South Jakarta District Court that Indrajid, 23, had been “proven guilty, legally and convincingly, of committing an evil conspiracy by carrying out an act of terrorism.”

“The defendant’s actions contravene government efforts to combat terrorism and they spread public anxiety,” said Hariono, who goes by one name.           AFP