Militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged spiritual head of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah, is set to walk free from a Jakarta jail today.
The Australian government is unhappy but says it accepts the Indonesian legal decision.
The firebrand cleric, convicted of involvement in the first Bali bombings in 2002, has completed a 25 month jail term for giving blessings as leader of JI to the attacks which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.
An Indonesian court has reinstated the original 20-year sentence given to convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby.
Corby, 28, was found guilty last May of smuggling 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into Bali in a boogie board bag.
“(Mr Howard) already mentioned that in our relations we should respect the judicial processes of each other’s country including the decision about Abu Bakar Bashir,” he said.
True but of course, the reverse doesn’t apply when we are issuing protection visa’s to West Papuan refugees.