Yesterday, the Judges of the District Court of South Jakarta have sentenced radical Islamic cleric Abubakar Ba'asyir to 15 years in prison for planning, motivating and collecting funds for military training of radical people in Indonesia.
The said Court Verdict was passed based on Articles 7 and 14 of the Terrorism Law No.15 Year 2003.
The question is : Will this end terrorism in Indonesia ?
In my opinion, the prison sentence would have an impact on Ba'asyir's network, however it would not end terrorism.
Not only because terrorism has grown independently in Indonesia but also because it has many roots here i.e. Poverty, Injustice and Corruption.
As long as there are so many beggars/tramps on the street and so many poor people living in the slum area in many parts of Jakarta and other places in the country, as long as the courts punished big money robbers lighter than petty thieves, as long as education and health are still expensive, as long as bribery is a common practice, as long as politicians, government officials only think about themselves and their parties, there would always be people who would protest violently/barbarically or even take the laws into their own hands.
1) Bashir Sentenced to 15 Years (The Jakarta Globe)
2) Baasyir: Indonesia Bela Amerika (Kompas)