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Alleged Bali bombings mastermind could face death penalty


15:33, August 22, 2011

JAKARTA, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Key suspect of Bali bombings in 2002 Umar Patek could face a death penalty if found guilty in his trial in Indonesia, a police has said here.

Patek has been detained along with his wife Rugoyyah at the mobile police brigade prison in outskirts of Jakarta after being deported from Pakistan and to face a trial in Indonesia.

He was accused of playing a key role at the suicide bombings in two night clubs in Kute street of Bali island that killed 202 holidaymakers, National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying on Monday.

"He played a similar role to [convicted and executed Bali bomber] Imam Samudra," he said.Iman Samudra along with Muklas and Amrozy have been executed for their key roles in the bombings.

Patek is also accused of bomb-maker for militant group of Jemaah Islamiyah.

Apart from the 2002 Bali bombing, Patek is believed to have been involved in the 2000 Christmas Eve bombing of churches across the country and being involved in a terrorist training camp in Aceh.

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.

Patek, allias Abu Syaeikh or Umar Arab, escaped from Indonesia in 2003. The U.S. government had put 1 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, then he was deported to Indonesia on Aug. 11.

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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