Indonesian cleric gets 15 years on terror charge

By the Associated Press | June 16, 2011 | 2:43 AM EDT

Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir talks to reporters from behind bars of a holding cell before the start of his trial at a district court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, June 16, 2011.(AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court has sentenced radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to 15 years in prison on a terrorism charge.

Bashir, 72, was accused of helping to sanction and fund a jihadi training camp in westernmost Aceh province that brought together men from almost every known Indonesian extremist group.

The sentence was announced Thursday amid high security at a Jakarta court where hundreds of Bashir supporters gathered.