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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 September 2006, 07:38 GMT 08:38 UK
Indonesian jailed over Bali plot
Abdul Aziz in court in Bali in May
Abdul Aziz is the first to be convicted over the 2005 attacks
A Indonesian Islamic militant has been jailed for eight years for his role in the October 2005 triple suicide attacks on the island of Bali.

Abdul Aziz, 30, was convicted of sheltering the bombings' alleged mastermind, Malaysian-born Noordin Top, who remains at large.

Abdul Aziz is the first person convicted for the attacks, which killed 20 people and injured nearly 200.

Three other men have been on trial since May for terrorism offences.

They are accused of making and transporting explosives used in the attacks. Verdicts in their cases are expected in the next few days.

Computer teacher

Judges at the court in Bali said Aziz met Noordin Top at least 10 times and also set up a website calling on Muslims to wage war against non-believers.

Prosecutors had asked for a 10-year sentence for the former high school computer teacher, who shouted "God is Great" as he was led from the court.

The attacks were the second major bombing on the resort island.

In 2002, more than 200 people died in the bombing of a bar and nightclub in Bali.

The Indonesian government blames the regional Islamist militant group, Jemaah Islamiah, for both attacks.

Noordin Top is wanted in connection with both attacks, as well as a string of others in Indonesia.

Previously believed to be one of al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah's key financiers and recruiters, analysts now think Noordin may have broken away to form a new militant group.

The man thought to be his closest ally, bomb maker Azahari Husin, was killed in November 2005, but successive attempts to locate Noordin have failed.




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