Indonesian court rejects radical cleric's appeal

Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a radical Islamic cleric who was convicted of funding a terror training camp.

Abu Bakar Bashir, known as the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah militants, had sought a judicial review of his 2011 conviction that sentenced him to 15 years in prison for his role in the camp in Aceh province. A higher court later cut the sentence to nine years.

Supreme Court spokesman Suhadi said Thursday the appeal was rejected by a three-member judicial panel in a verdict dated July 27.

Suhadi, who uses one name, said "the judicial review failed to present new evidence."

"We also did not find any mistakes or irregularities in the verdicts by the district as well as high court."