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Indonesian Militant Cleric, Suharto's Son to Receive Sentence Reductions


Militant Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who is serving a 30-month sentence in Indonesia for instigating the Bali bombings, will have his sentence reduced under an amnesty program.

Justice Minister Hamid Awaluddin says Saturday sentences also will be reduced for most of the 24 others jailed for their roles in the 2002 attacks that killed 202 people on the resort island. The amnesty does not apply to five of the Bali bombers - those who are facing the death penalty or serving life prison sentences.

Clemency for prisoners is part of celebrations honoring Indonesia's 60th Independence Day on Wednesday.

Minister Hamid says the amnesty also will benefit Tommy Suharto, currently serving a 10-year prison term for killing a judge. The youngest son of former dictator Suharto already has benefited from an earlier ruling that reduced his original 15-year sentence.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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