September 8, 2003
Jewelry Store Robbers in Indonesia Sentenced
for Financing Bali Terrorist Attack
A court on Sept. 8 sentenced three defendants to 15 and 16 years in prison for robbing a jewelry store on Java Island in Indonesia, to help finance last year's terrorist bombings on Bali island, also in Indonesia. The three men admitted to taking part in the robbery in August 2002 but maintained they didn't know the proceeds would be used for funding the Bali nightclub attacks, which killed 202 people. "We rule the defendants are clearly guilty of ... providing money for a terrorist act," said Judge Ida Bagus Jagra. The men stole 5.5 pounds of gold from the shop.
Two defendants, Andi Hidayat and Junaedi, who goes by one name, were each sentenced to 15 years in prison. Abdul Rauf received 16 years because the judges ruled he came up with the idea to rob the jewelry store. The men weren't charged with direct involvement in the Oct. 12 Bali attack. Key bombing suspect Imam Samudra, who is due to be sentenced Wednesday, also allegedly took part in the robbery.
The men are among more than 30 suspects arrested after the Bali attack. The first of these to face trial, Amrozi bin Nurhasyim, was convicted last month and sentenced to be executed by firing squad. He is appealing his conviction.
More money allegedly was provided by Malaysian Wan Min Wan Mat, who is accused of having channeled about $30,000 to the perpetrators. He is currently in custody in Malaysia. That money may have originated from al Qaeda, investigators said. The Bali blast has been blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah, an al Qaeda-linked Southeast Asia terror group, accused in other bombings in Indonesia and thwarted attacks on the U.S. Embassy and other Western targets in Singapore. The group is also accused in the Aug. 5 bombing of the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people and injured almost 150.