Lawyers Say Charges Against Bali Bomber Obscure



Salon Staff
February 20, 2012 10:54AM (UTC)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Lawyers for the Indonesian militant who assembled bombs used in the 2002 nightclub blasts on Bali island say the country's tough anti-terrorism law can't be applied in this case.

They also told the court Umar Patek didn't take part in preplanning meetings and is therefore not guilty of premeditated murder.

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The trial for 45-year-old militant kicked off last week.

He faces a maximum penalty of death for his role in the Bali attacks that killed 202 people.

Lawyer Ashluddin Hatjani said Monday the country's anti-terror legislation was passed in 2003 and can't be applied retroactively.

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He also says Patek had no way of knowing how the bombs would be used and can't be charged with premeditated murder.


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