Upik Lawanga, the Indonesian militant who attempted to attack the Bali bombing trial in 2014, was sentenced to life in prison by the court this week. He was one of several suspects who tried to enter the courtroom with firearms in 2014. Among his accomplices, two have been detained for a long time while a third has been released from prison and is understood to still be in hiding in an Indonesian prison.
The Bali trial of the convicted bombers, Imam Samudra and Mukhlas, is already a familiar case in Indonesia. It has seen numerous attempts by suspects to enter the courtroom and was interrupted numerous times. The trial of the third and last bomber, Amrozi Bin Nurhasyim, was disrupted by attacks on the embassy of Indonesia’s deputy president Jusuf Kalla and a car bombing in the Indonesian parliament grounds.
There was more disruption in 2015. A woman, believed to be an accomplice of Imam Samudra, attempted to bomb the House of Representatives just hours before the trial was due to start. In 2013, police had arrested Imam Samudra’s wife, Maryam Radenofri, with a number of bombs in her luggage.