On Friday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed to release Bashir due to his ill health, according to Yusril Ihza Mahendra, a legal adviser to the head of state.
“The law states that parole is available once two-thirds of a sentence has been served. The most important factor was the humanitarian concern, he is an old man and not really healthy. He has also maintained very good attitude while in prison,” Yusril told CNN by phone on Friday.
Yusril said he understands that some countries will question the decision, but added that Indonesia is an independent country with its own laws.
“We have an experience on handling terrorism problems, we have a good law on terrorism, so that gives us a lot of lessons on handling terrorism problems,” Yusril explained.
In the first two trials, prosecutors attempted to link the fiery cleric to the 2002 and 2003 blasts. The courts found him guilty of relatively minor charges and he was released after serving 25 months in jail.
Bashir has repeatedly denied all terrorism charges leveled against him and blamed a US government-backed conspiracy to keep him behind bars.
Bashir’s son, Abdul Rohim, expressed relief Friday at the prospect of his father’s parole.
“We thank you to Allah for this blessing. My father now is 81 years old and he is innocent so he deserves to be released from the prison,” Rohim told CNN.
“My father is not now really healthy, he can’t walk because of a leg problem.”
Bashir’s release will be delayed by administrative procedures but he is expected to be home as early as Tuesday, Rohim added.
Journalist Masrur Jamaluddin reported from Jakarta, with CNN’s Angus Watson and Ben Westcott contributing from Hong Kong. Lauren Said-Moorhouse wrote from London.