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>> The Indonesian government may overturn its decision to free a radical cleric linked to the Bali bombings. Abu Bakar Bashir is only 9 years into a 15 year sentence for terror charges. But last week the Indonesian President said he'd be given early release on humanitarian grounds, on account of his age and health.
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Widodo's decision was slammed by critics at home, who accused him of using it for political gains ahead of April elections. And overseas, including Australia's leader, a country that lost 88 people in the Bali bombings in 2002. That criticism has now prompted a review.>>
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>> More than 200 people were killed in the coordinated bombings in the popular tourist town of Kuta 17 years ago. Bashir has always denied involvement and was never convicted, but is alleged to be the mastermind of the attacks.>>
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His conviction came in 2010 for his links to the same group that carried out the bombings.
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Some security officials say early release would prevent him dying in prison as a martyr. But even if the government does offer it, he must pledge his loyalty to the secular state and it's ideology, which Bashir's lawyer says he'll refuse to do.