Indonesian woman gets 3-year jail for terrorism

Putri Munawaroh was arrested after police raided her house in Central Java.

Jakarta: An Indonesian court sentenced a Muslim woman to three years in prison on Thursday for harbouring terrorists, including one of Southeast Asia`s most-wanted men.

Putri Munawaroh was arrested after police raided her house in Central Java, sparking a gunbattle that killed Noordin Top, the alleged head of the al Qaeda-linked network Jemaah Islamiyah, and three other suspects, including her husband.

The 21-year-old Munawaroh, then pregnant, was wounded in the September 2009 shootout. She later gave birth to a son, who lives with her in prison.

The South Jakarta District Court found her guilty of violating the country`s Anti-Terror Law by providing assistance to wanted militants, said presiding judge Ida Bagus Widyantara.

Noordin, a Malaysian national, was wanted in connection with a spate of bombings in Indonesia, including the 2002 attack on two Bali nightclubs that killed 202 people, many of them foreign tourists.

He also was accused of masterminding suicide attacks one year ago at the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels in the capital, Jakarta, that left seven dead.

Police have arrested and convicted hundreds on terrorism charges in recent years, but Munawaroh is only the second woman.

Her lawyers said she was innocent and, therefore, they will appeal the verdict, which was five years lighter than the prosecutors` demand.

Bureau Report

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