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Last Updated: Monday, 11 August, 2003, 08:52 GMT 09:52 UK
Jakarta nightclub attacker jailed
An Indonesian court has sentenced the leader of a militant Islamic group to seven months in jail for organising attacks on restaurants and nightclubs selling alcohol in the capital, Jakarta.

Habib Rizieq Shihab was found guilty of inciting violent acts and spreading hatred against the government of Indonesia.

Hundreds of Mr Rizieq's supporters protested outside the Central Jakarta District Court, shouting "release our teacher" and "God is great".

Correspondents say Mr Rizieq's group, the Islamic Defenders' Front, has gained notoriety in the last four years for causing damage in Jakarta's nightclub districts, claiming that they were places of sin.

The sentencing of Mr Rizieq is seen as the latest action in a campaign by the secular Indonesian government to control the power of militant Islamic groups in the country.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



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