Place of Birth: Indonesia;
Syahrial Alamsyah is an Indonesian national with links to the Islamic State (IS) group who tried to assassinate the ex country’s chief security minister.
The Jakarta court handed a 12-year sentence to Syahrial Alamsyah, and nine years to his wife Fitria Diana, after convicting them on terrorism charges for trying to kill then security minister Wiranto.
The sentences were below prosecutors demands for a 16-year and 12-year term. The court rejected the couple’s defense that they were solely motivated by anti-government sentiment, ruling that Alamsyah belonged to a local extremist group allied to the Islamic State.
Alamsyah stabbed the now 73-year-old Wiranto as he exited a car during a visit to Pandeglang regency on Java island.
Alamsyah and his wife, who injured a member of Wiranto’s entourage, were wrestled to the ground by security personnel. Wiranto sustained knife wounds to his abdomen, but survived the attack, in which several others were also injured.
Days before the assassination attempt, the pair pledged allegiance to late Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Alamsyah was a member Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an Islamic State-linked extremist group responsible for a string of attacks, including suicide bombings at churches in Indonesia‘s second-biggest city Surabaya in 2018 that killed a dozen people.
The couple were radicalized through hardline rhetoric on social media and watching videos of Muslims fighting in Syria, their trial heard.
They also listened to speeches by jailed firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, believed to be behind the 2002 Bali bombings, and Aman Abdurrahman, who was sentenced to death for masterminding gun and suicide attacks in Jakarta in 2016.
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