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Bali bomb sentence 'too lenient'
Stephen Speirs
Relatives of Stephen Speirs said his killer's sentence was too lenient
Members of the family of a financial worker killed in the Bali bombing have condemned the sentence on the cleric jailed in connection with the attack.

A court in Indonesia has given Abu Bakar Bashir two-and-a-half years for conspiracy over the 2002 explosion in which 202 people were killed.

The father of Stephen Speirs, who was originally from Bridge of Weir, said the jail term was too light.

Andrew Speirs, 67, said that nothing could make up for the loss of his son.

"It's lenient but it's not our decision, it's down to the courts to decide," he said.

The first year was absolutely terrible but no matter how much time passes, you never forget
Andrew Speirs
Bali bomb victim's father

"But whether they jail him for one year or 100 years it doesn't bring closure and it really doesn't matter in fact because we've lost our son and no jail sentence will ever bring him back."

Mr Speirs added: "We're not out for vengeance, so nothing the courts do to this cleric or anyone else can ever ease our grief over that loss.

"We believe he was a smaller part of a bigger organisation. They'll never get the people who really instigated this bombing."

Bali bomb
The atrocity claimed more than 200 lives in 2002

He said that he and his wife, Sadie, could never forget their "special son".

Mr Speirs continued: "Two-and-a-half years on, we feel slightly better. The first year was absolutely terrible but no matter how much time passes, you never forget. How could we forget our special son?"

Stephen had been living in Hong Kong for eight years when he flew with a rugby team to play in a tournament on Bali.

He and his team mates from Hong Kong Rugby Club were relaxing after a match in the Sari Club when the bomb exploded, killing him and eight other players.

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