Indonesian prosecutors demand 10-year sentence for terror suspect

Indonesian prosecutors Thursday asked for a 10-year prison term for a suspected militant accused of funneling arms and cash to two key Southeast Asian terror suspects.

Abdulah Sunata was arrested last July along with several other militants in a sweep of Central Java province. Sunata is believed to be an important member of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror group.

Chief prosecutor Maulana Kusuma told the South Jakarta District Court that Sunata had "violated the anti-terror law" by acquiring firearms and giving one to Noordin Top, another reputed JI leader.

Kusuma also alleged that Sunata gave Indonesian Umar Patek, a JI member believed to be in Philippines, 15 million rupiah (US$1,500; Ђ 1,242) to buy the guns.

A verdict is expected in the trial in the coming weeks.

Jemaah Islamiyah is accused of a series of bombings and failed plots in Southeast Asia, including two strikes on the resort island of Bali that killed more than 220 people, most of them foreign tourists, reports the AP.

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