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Indonesia Seeks 7-Year Jail Sentence for Suspected Militant

Indonesian prosecutors say they want a court to sentence a suspected Indonesian militant to seven years in prison on charges of abetting suicide bombings in Jakarta last year.

The prosecutors made the request Thursday at a Jakarta court where Mohammad Jibriell Abdul Rahman is on trial for involvement in the July 17 attacks on two luxury hotels that killed seven people.

Rahman was arrested a month after the suicide bombings. Indonesian authorities accuse him of helping the suspected mastermind of the attacks, Malaysian terrorist Noordin Top, and hiding information about them. Indonesian police killed Noordin in a raid last September.

Indonesia has been fighting Islamist militants with links to al-Qaida since 2002, when they bombed a nightclub district on Bali island, killing 202 people, mostly foreigners. Since then, an Indonesian crackdown has seen hundreds of militants killed or captured and put on trial.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.