Dissident freed

Andi Mapetahang Fatwa, a leading Indonesian dissident, was released from prison after his sentence was reduced from 18 to eight years, AP reports from Jakarta. Mr Fatwa, 54, who was sentenced for subversion in 1985, was released after agreeing to write a paper reflecting his understanding of Indonesia's state ideology and constitution and his loyalty to the country. He was convicted of delivering inflammatory sermons and joining in secret meetings aimed at undermining the government.