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Jakarta bomb builder faces death
Ahmad Hasan, center, in court - 14/9/05
Ahmad Hasan is the fifth person to be convicted
An Indonesian court has sentenced to death a second man for the 2004 bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta.

Ahmad Hasan was found guilty of helping build the bomb and plotting with the attack's alleged mastermind, Malaysian fugitive Azahari Husin.

The attack, which killed 11 people including a suicide bomber, has been blamed on regional militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI).

Hasan was the fifth person to be convicted so far.

On Tuesday a separate court sentenced Iwan Darmawan, also known as Rois, to death for buying the van used in the attack and recruiting its driver. The others have been sentenced to between 42 months and seven years in jail.

Motorbike getaway

The judge, Sobari, said Hasan had sheltered the men believed to have masterminded the attack - Azahari Husin and Noordin Mohamed Top - and helped build the bomb.

The judge also said Hasan surveyed the embassy before the attack and gave Azahari Husin a lift from the scene of the bombing on a motorbike.

"The defendant has shown no remorse at all for his action," Sobari said.

"The defendant has discredited Islam maintaining that his actions were in the name of Islam, despite the fact that most of the victims were Muslims," he said.

Hasan said he did not accept the verdict, which he said was the result of US or Australian pressure.

"I'm not afraid of death because this is jihad," he said, according to the AFP news agency.

Police continue to hunt for Azahari Husin and Noordin Mohamed Top.

Both men are believed to belong to the militant Muslim group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), and Azahari Husin has been accused of masterminding the 2003 Bali bombings.

JI, which has often been linked to al-Qaeda, is believed to control a network stretching across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Its principal goals are the establishment of Islamic governments across the region, followed by the formation of a unified South East Asian Islamic state.

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