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Anger and confusion among Bali victims' families after Umar Patek sentenced to 20 years
Yesterday, the West Jakarta District Court convicted the mastermind of the 2002 attack that killed more than 200 people. Legal experts blame the public prosecutor for the lenient sentence. Relatives are upset by the "disappointing" verdict, which does not serve justice. Defence lawyers will decide whether to launch an appeal to reduce the sentence.
01/04/2011 INDONESIA – PAKISTAN
Jakarta confirms the arrest in Pakistan of Umar Patek, mastermind of the Bali bombings
Indonesian intelligence Chief General Sutanto said that the terrorist was wounded during a gunfight with police. Of Arab origins, he is thought to have organised the 2002 attack that left 202 people dead. A leader in Jemaah Islamiyah, Patek trained prominent terrorists like Noordin Moh Top and established ties with Abu Sayyaf and al Qaeda.
Umar Patek, who masterminded the Bali and church bombings, asks for forgiveness
Dubbed 'demolition man', the Muslim extremist acknowledges his guilt and errors. "I am sorry for my misdeed," he said. Reactions from ordinary Indonesians are mixed. Some hope for real redemption; others suspect he might be trying to avoid prison.
Azahari bin Husin, one of the most dangerous men in South-East Asia, is dead
Indonesian police chief confirms the information. He allegedly blew himself up trying to escape from the police. He was thought to have been involved in the deadliest suicide attacks in Indonesia.
11/08/2011 INDONESIA – PAKISTAN
Umar Patek, mastermind of the Bali massacre and several church bombings, is extradited
Pakistan has handed over the Muslim extremist, author of the 2000 Christmas Eve bombings. His transfer has been expected for months. Now he is being held in the headquarters of Special Forces in Depok, West Java. He is cooperating, according to police, but the truthfulness of what he is saying must still be checked.
Muhammad Jibril acknowledges ties to Noordin Top, denies involvement in attacks against hotels
Speaking to the judges, he said Malaysian terrorist was his “mentor”, but rejects accusations that he raised funds for the 17 July Jakarta massacre. Anti-terrorist police arrests three suspects in Aceh Besar, an area allegedly used for training purposes. Syawal Yasin is the new leader of the Indonesia Mujahedeen Council.
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