Monday, 13 February 2012
Bali bombings - latest suspect on trial
A 45 year old Javanese man has gone on trial in Jakarta for allegedly helping to make the bombs that killed more than 200 people in two night clubs in Bali in 2002. Umar Patek was captured in the same town in Pakistan where the Americans tracked down Osama bin Laden.
He is also charged with involvement in a series of bombings in churches in Jakarta that killed 18 people. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
The prosecution claim Patek was recruited for the attack by Imam Samudra and Abdul Matin, better known as Dulmatin. Samudra was executed in 2008, along with Ali Ghufron and Amrozi Nurhasyim, dubbed the ‘smiling assassin’ because of his demeanour at his trial, while Dulmatin was killed in a police ambush in 2010.
It is alleged that Patek spent three weeks mixing the explosives in a rented house in Bali’s capital, Denpasar, then helped another bombmaker, Dr Azahari bin Husin, to assemble a huge van-bomb. Husin was killed by Indonesian police in 2005.