This file photo taken on June 16, 2011 shows Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir gesturing to supporters in the gallery after he was convicted by the court in Jakarta on terrorism charges. AFP / ADEK BERRY
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A jailed cleric regarded as the spiritual leader of militant Islam in Indonesia has lost an appeal against his conviction for funding an extremist training camp, an official said Thursday.Abu Bakar Bashir was thought to be a key figure in regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah, blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists.Bashir's lawyer Mahendradatta pledged to find new evidence and continue fighting the conviction.Bashir was also previously handed a jail sentence over the Bali bombings but that conviction was quashed on appeal.
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