Indonesian court has found the radical cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir
guilty of conspiracy over the 2002 Bali bombings, in which 202
Ba'asyir said the sentence against him was
But he was cleared of more serious charges over a bomb attack on
the JW Marriott hotel in Jakarta in 2003.
Ba'asyir, who was jailed for two-and-a-half years, had denied the
charges and is expected to appeal.
Australia, which lost 88 people in the Bali attacks, said the
relatively lenient sentence was "disappointing".
"We are disappointed with the length of the sentence," Foreign
Minister Alexander Downer told the BBC.
A spokesman for the US embassy in Jakarta also expressed
disappointment at the sentence "given the gravity of the charges on
which he was convicted".
At the end of the court case, a statement read out by the five
judges said Ba'asyir had not been directly involved in carrying out
the Bali blasts, but had given his approval for the attacks.
Ba'asyir addressed the court after his sentence was delivered,
saying: "I don't accept this verdict. This is not justice. God
protect us from evil and its allies. Please, either open their
hearts or destroy them."
He reportedly smiled broadly as he was led out of court, while
his supporters climbed onto chairs with chants of "God is greatest".
The BBC's Rachel Harvey in Jakarta says it was always going to be
a difficult and complex case for the prosecution to prove.
Their case was undermined when witnesses gave contradictory
testimony, and a former US State Department interpreter gave
evidence that appeared to back up the defence's claims that the
trial was a result of US pressure.
The cleric's supporters say he is being
persecuted to please the US
Our correspondent says the atmosphere in the court swung from one
extreme to another as the verdict was read out.
The announcement that Ba'asyir would not be convicted of the
Marriott hotel attack - which killed 12 people, including a suicide
bomber - was greeted with cheers by his supporters.
But they protested as he was found guilty of the Bali bombings.
The cleric was convicted over the Bali bombings under ordinary
criminal legislation, rather than the harsher anti-terror laws,
which were only brought in after the 2002 attacks.
A statement by the court said Ba'asyir was aware of the
conspiracy behind the Bali bombings.
"The defendant knew that the perpetrators of the bombing were
people who have been trained in bomb-making in Pakistan and
Afghanistan... the conditions of evil conspiracy have been met," the
Prosecutors who accused Ba'asyir of inspiring both the Bali and
Marriott attacks had pushed for a jail sentence of eight years.
has previously been tried on charges of leading the regional
militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) - but was cleared because of a
lack of evidence.
He was, however, jailed for immigration violations.
Police rearrested him in April 2004, as soon as he left prison,
citing new evidence linking him to JI.
The US has alleged JI has ties to Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda