Indonesian former cop jailed on terror charges

A former Indonesian police officer radicalised by an Islamic extremist group was jailed for three-and-half years for hiding suspects in a suicide bombing of a mosque, a court heard Monday.

Former Indonesian police officer Mohamad Said Haryadi leaves the court in Jakarta. Haryadi was jailed for three-and-half years for hiding suspects in a suicide bombing of a mosque, a Jakarta court heard.

Mohamad Said Haryadi, 30, was found guilty of hiding two people later convicted of helping the attack on the mosque in Cirebon, western Java, last year which injured 30 people -- mostly police -- during prayers.

"The defendant's act was against government efforts to combat terrorism. It's especially bad as he was a law enforcer," judge Jootje Sampaleng told the Jakarta court.

Haryadi joined a small Islamic extremist group in Jakarta in 2009 and was also involved in a failed plan to rob an ATM to buy firearms to use in jihad, the judge added.

Another former policeman was sentenced to 10 years in jail last year for supplying weapons to Islamist militants linked to a training camp in Aceh province funded by jailed Islamist cleric Abu Bakar Bashir.

Indonesia is battling homegrown Islamist militants who oppose its secular, democratic system and want to create a caliphate across much of Southeast Asia.

The country has been hit by a number of deadly bombings including attacks on luxury hotels, the Australian embassy and tourist spots that have killed around 250 people since 2002.

On Friday the nation marked a decade since bombs ripped through two nightspots on the resort island of Bali, killing 202 people, among them 88 Australians.

Jakarta has been widely praised for its crackdown on militancy since the 2002 Bali bombings and appears to have crippled the Al-Qaeda-linked group Jemaah Islamiyah group held responsible for the strike.

But analysts say splinter terror cells remain a threat across the giant archipelago, which is home to the world's biggest Muslim population.

Speaking at the 10th anniversary ceremony in Bali, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said his country remained committed to fighting extremism so that "humanity prevails over hatred".

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