Trial Opens For Top Suspect In 2002 Bali Bombings


Salon Staff
February 13, 2012 8:18AM (UTC)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The top suspect in the 2002 Bali bombings is standing trial in an Indonesian court.

Umar Patek, a Muslim militant known as "Demolition Man" for his expertise with explosives, is on trial in Jakarta for his role in the Bali bombings and other alleged acts of terrorism following a nine-year flight from justice. He is accused of making the explosives used in the Bali blasts, which killed 202 people.

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Patek, whose trial began Monday, was captured in January 2011 in the same Pakistani town where U.S. Navy Seals would kill Osama bin Laden just a few months later.

The 45-year-old Patek, whose real name is Hisyam Bin Alizein and who has several aliases, could face death by firing squad if convicted of various terror-related charges and premeditated murder.


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