Embassy plotter Taufik sentenced to 7 years in Jakarta

Embassy plotter Taufik sentenced to 7 years in Jakarta

A district court in Jakarta on Monday sentenced Achmad Taufik to seven years and six months in prison for his role in a failed plot to bomb the Burmese embassy in Indonesia, according to a report in Jakarta Globe.

The report said that a panel of judges declared Achmad guilty of conspiring to bomb the embassy in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on 3 May 2013.

The Indonesian anti-terrorism squad, Densus 88, acted to thwart the plot before it was launched and arrested Achmad and another man identified as Sigit Indrajit. Police reportedly seized five homemade pipe bombs carried inside a black backpack from the two suspects. Since then, five others have been arrested in connection to the plot.

Indrajit, believed to have masterminded the plan, is being tried separately in relation to the case. His verdict was supposed to be handed down on Monday as well, but judges rescheduled the hearing for 21 January without giving a reason.

Some terrorist cells in Indonesia have started targeting the Burmese embassy and local Buddhist temples in what they claim to be acts of solidarity with Rohingya Muslims suppressed by the Burmese authorities, said the Jakarta Globe report.

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