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Monday, 20 August, 2001, 10:21 GMT 11:21 UK
Two jailed for stock exchange bombing
Bomb blast victim
Fifteen people died in the stock exchange attack
An Indonesian court has sentenced two men to 20 years in jail each for their part in a bomb attack on Jakarta's stock exchange in which 15 people died.

One of the defendants, Nuryadin, was sentenced in absentia after his escape from prison last month.

Explosion victims in hospital
Many of the victims were chauffeurs parked outside the building
Prosecutors sought the death penalty for the other defendant, Teku Ismuhadi Jafar, but their request was turned down because judges said he did not take part in the attack itself.

Passing sentence, Judge Rosmandani Ahmad said both men had illegally "received, stored, carried and used explosives".

Jafar said he would appeal, adding: "I know nothing about this blast."

Three other men have also been accused of involvement in the attack. Two of them are on the run while the third has yet to be sentenced.

Chain of explosions

The blast last September happened shortly before the close of trading.

It triggered a massive fire which set off a chain of explosions as scores of cars were set ablaze. Many of the victims were chauffeurs waiting for their stockbroker bosses to finish work.

Ten died from asphyxiation and burns and five from being hit by flying debris.

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