SOFYAN TSAURI GOT 10 YEARS FOR TERROR
An Indonesian court in the capital Jakarta has sentenced, on Wednesday 01/19/2011, a former policeman Mohammed Sofyan Tsauri, 34, to 10 years in prison for supplying weapons to a terrorist cell plotting attacks on foreigners.
Sofyan Tsauri, also known as Abu Ayyash, was arrested in 02/2010, after security forces raided a militant training camp in the country's westernmost province of Aceh one year ago (see - Banda Aceh 02.23.10). According to the indictment Sofyan Tsauri had gathered 10 Aceh group members at a boarding house in Depok and had them practice shooting at a training ground belonging to police’s elite unit Brimob in Kelapa Dua, Depok. “The defendant spent Rp3 million to lease the field, weapons and ammunition, as well as a police instructor named First Brig. Baringbing,” the prosecutor said.
Judge Dwiarso Santiarto told a district court in the capital that Sofyan Tsauri was found guilty of selling 24 firearms including AK-47s and M-16 assault rifles, revolvers and other weapons to the terrorist cell that calls itself "Al-Qaeda in Aceh"
The prosecutor said Sofyan Tsauri had had meetings with other suspected militants, including Dulmatin, Yudi Zulfahri, Tengku Marzuki and Mus’ab, and discussed jihad against the interests of the usa, Israel and their allies, in line with Bin Laden’s calls. The group, previously unknown, was allegedly plotting Mumbai-style gun attacks on Western hotels and embassies.
Sofyan Tsauri graduate of the police academy in Sukabumi in 1998, he was stationed in Depok. In 2002 Sofyan Tsauri was moved to Aceh for seven months. Sofyan Tsauri was fired from the police force of the predominantly Muslim nation's police force in 2009 on charges of desertion and polygamy.
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