Indonesia sentences first would-be female suicide bomber to 7½ years in jail

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Published 28.08.2017 09:50
Updated 28.08.2017 09:56
Terrorist Dian Yulia Novi, center, is flanked by her husband Nur Solihin, right, and her recruiter Tutin as they sit on the defendant's bench during their trial hearing at East Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia
Terrorist Dian Yulia Novi, center, is flanked by her husband Nur Solihin, right, and her recruiter Tutin as they sit on the defendant's bench during their trial hearing at East Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia

An Indonesian woman has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years jail for her involvement in a Daesh terrorist plot to carry out a suicide bomb attack on the presidential palace in Jakarta, her lawyer said Monday.

The lawyer, Kasmi, who uses a single name, said Monday that her client Dian Yulia Novi, 28, will give birth within days and doesn't plan to appeal.

Novi, a 28-year-old former migrant worker who is nine months pregnant, was found guilty of committing an act of terrorism by the East Jakarta District Court on Friday, her lawyer confirmed to AFP.

She was among four suspected militants arrested one day before the planned bombing.

A three-judge panel sentenced Novi on Friday immediately after hearing the last presentation from lawyers, shortening the usual process due to the woman being in the final days of her pregnancy.

"The judges said what she had committed was counterproductive with the government's efforts to eradicate terrorism and that it has caused public unrest," lawyer Kamsi, who like many Indonesians goes by only one name, said.

It is the first time a woman has been convicted over a suicide bomb plot in Indonesia and highlights the more active role women are taking in violent terrorism.

Novi and her husband were among five terrorists detained over the planned attack last year.

Another woman alleged to have recruited Novi, named Tutin Sugiarti, was sentenced to three-and-half years in prison on Friday, Kamsi said.

Police believe the group was strongly linked to Bahrun Naim, a leading Indonesian terrorist currently fighting with the Daesh terrorist group in Syria.

Many from Indonesia -- which has long struggled with terrorism -- have flocked to join Daesh in the Middle East, while radicals in the country have pledged allegiance to the group and attacks and plots have been linked to the terrorists.

Indonesian women -- often radicalized on social media -- are taking on a more active role in terrorism, according to recent report from the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict.

Kamsi said judges delivered the verdict earlier than expected because Novi was pregnant. She would not file an appeal.

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