Indonesia cleric to be freed despite holding to radicalism

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Lawyers say the Islamic cleric who was the ideological leader of the Bali bombers and other Indonesian militants is being freed after the country’s president relented on a requirement he renounce radical beliefs.

Abu Bakar Bashir had previously been ineligible for a parole because of his refusal to recognize the secular government’s authority. He insists he is only answerable to God and that Indonesia should be governed by Islamic law.

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