Indonesia frees radical cleric

Indonesian authorities have freed the purported spiritual leader of a terrorist group behind the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.

Abu Bakar Bashir, who's 82 years old, left a prison near Jakarta and returned home on Friday after the government reduced his sentence by four and a half years in its annual pardon.

Bashir was initially convicted of involvement in the bombings carried out by Jemaah Islamiah. He spent about a year in prison, but was acquitted in a retrial.

In 2011, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for involvement in another terrorist attack.

While serving his sentence, Bashir called on his supporters to join the Islamic State militant group. Authorities warn that he can still influence radical groups and individuals.

Indonesia's government says it will have Bashir enter a deradicalization program and remain under surveillance.