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IS-linked Indonesian couple jailed for assassination attempt on minister

Syahrial Alamsyah and Fitria Diana were jailed for their assassination attempt on Wiranto [Getty]

Date of publication: 25 June, 2020

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The couple's sentences were below prosecutors' demands for a 16-year and 12-year term.

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An Indonesian couple with links to the Islamic State (IS) group who tried to assassinate the country's chief security minister were jailed Thursday. 

A Jakarta court handed a 12-year sentence to Syahrial Alamsyah, 51, and nine years to his wife Fitria Diana, 21, after convicting them on terrorism charges for trying to kill then security minister Wiranto in October last year.

The sentences were below prosecutors' demands for a 16-year and 12-year term, respectively.

But the court rejected the couple's defence that they were solely motivated by anti-government sentiment, ruling that Alamsyah belonged to a local extremist group allied to IS.

"We rule that the defendant is guilty of terrorism together with his wife," presiding judge Masrizal, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told the West Jakarta District Court.

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