Indonesia sentences 7 for IS links, as Bashir files appeal

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Indonesia has sentenced seven men for conspiring with the Islamic State, the first time it has sent anyone to prison for IS links, as the jailed radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir filed an appeal to have his conviction overturned.

Bashir, who has expressed his support for IS, filed an appeal of his 2011 conviction for setting up a militant camp in Aceh province at the end of a hearing Tuesday. The 77-year-old founder of the Jemaah Islamiyah militant network had received a 15-year sentence, but it was later cut to nine years.

The West Jakarta District Court, meanwhile, sentenced four men to three to four years for traveling to Syria to join IS. Two others received similar sentences for helping them. The seventh got five years for spreading IS propaganda.