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Indonesian militant gets 8 years in jail for helping set up terrorist training cell
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) ' An Indonesian militant has been sentenced to eight years in prison for helping set up a terrorist cell plotting attacks on Western hotels and embassies in the capital.
Abu Tholut is among more than 120 alleged members of "Tanzim Al Qaeda in Aceh" captured or killed since authorities discovered their jihadi training camp in westernmost Aceh province last year.
Judge Musa Arif Aini told the West Jakarta District Court on Thursday that the 50-year-old militant helped set up the camp and procure M16 assault rifles and other weapons for the group.
Tholut became one of Indonesia's most-wanted fugitives after master bomb-makers Noordin Top and Dulmatin were killed in police raids last year.