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JAKARTA: A former Indonesian police officer radicalised by an Islamic extremist group was jailed for three-and-half years for hiding suspects in a suicide bombing of a mosque, a court heard yesterday.
Mohamad Said Haryadi, 30, was found guilty of hiding two people later convicted of helping the attack on the mosque in Cirebon, western Java, last year which injured 30 people -- mostly police -- during prayers.
“The defendant’s act was against government efforts to combat terrorism. It’s especially bad as he was a law enforcer,” judge Jootje Sampaleng told the Jakarta court.
Haryadi joined a small Islamic extremist group in Jakarta in 2009 and was also involved in a failed plan to rob an ATM to buy firearms to use in jihad, the judge added.
Another former policeman was sentenced to 10 years in jail last year for supplying weapons to Islamist militants linked to a training camp in Aceh province funded by jailed Islamist cleric Abu Bakar Bashir.
Indonesia is battling homegrown Islamist militants who oppose its secular, democratic system and want to create caliphate across much of Southeast Asia.