Indonesian radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir appeals to reduce his 15-year jail term in an Indonesian court, pledging no wrongdoings. Julie Noce reports.
Heavily armed police escort a radical Muslim cleric into court in Indonesia on Tuesday. Abu Bakar Bashir -who's considered the spiritual leader behind the group that killed more than 200 people in the 2002 Bali bombings- is trying to appeal his jail term. In 2011 he was sentenced to 15 years for helping plan and fund a paramilitary training camp in order to assassinate the president and turn the Muslim country into an Islamic state. The frail 78-year-old wants to shorten what amounts to a life sentence and denied all wrongdoing. I help with physical training and teach the group to use weapons to defend Islam, he said. I fulfill those duties according to Islamic teaching, but they are not terrorist activities. Bashir's supporters gathered inside and outside of the court to watch the trial. It's clear the United States is behind this because they're worried Sharia law will be implemented, one supporter said. We want him free from all charges, without any conditions. This is the first time Bashir has appeared in public in five years