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Sentences of 19 Bali Convicts Are Reduced

From Times Wire Reports

The Indonesian government reduced prison sentences for 19 people, including the alleged head of a militant group, convicted in the Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people.

Abu Bakar Bashir, sentenced to 30 months for his role in the attacks, had his sentence reduced by 4 1/2 months, said Dedi Sutardi, chief warden at Cipinang Prison in Jakarta. Bashir is said to be head of Jemaah Islamiah.

The other 18 prisoners, sentenced to up to 16 years -- were given three-month reductions, officials said. One other inmate was freed but was not identified.

It is an Indonesian tradition to cut jail terms on holidays.

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