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Key Bali bombings suspect handed back to Indonesia

(Xinhua)

13:30, August 11, 2011

JAKARTA, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Alleged mastermind of Bali bombings in 2002 Umar Patek has arrived in Indonesia and is to face a legal process in the country, top officials said.

Indonesian Police Chief General Timur Pradopo said that Patek arrived in Jakarta on Thursday morning and was placed in the prison at mobile police headquarters in East Jakarta.

"Patek arrived today at seven o'clock and afterward he was brought to the Marko Brimob Kelapa Dua (prison)," the police chief said at the State Palace.

Ansyaad Mbai, head of anti-terrorist agency, has said that Umar Patek would be charged with murder and possession of explosive materials as the country's anti-terrorism law of 2003 cannot be implemented retrospectively.

The alleged bomb-maker for militant group of Jemaah Islamiyah, Patek was suspected of playing key roles in suicide bombings in two night clubs in Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people, most of them Australian holidaymakers.

He was also suspected of involving in churches blasts on Christmas in Jakarta in 2000.

Patek, allias Abu Syaeikh or Umar Arab, escaped from Indonesia in 2003. The U.S. government had put one million U.S. dollars bounty on his head. He has also been included in the United Nations' consolidated list.

He was captured by the Pakistani security authorities in January in Pakistan after a decade of escape. Since his arrest the Indonesian police had reportedly been negotiating with the government of Pakistan for bringing back one of the most wanted militants in Southeast Asia.

The Jemaah Islamiyah has been accused of conducting a series of major suicide bombings in Indonesia since 2000 that killed over 270 people. Indonesian police have paralyzed scores of top terrorist-figures and sent some others to legal process.

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