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|Bali bombmaker handed 20 years|
|JAKARTA: An Indonesian court convicted bombmaker |
“He’s been proven to have committed an evil conspiracy by bringing in firearms and ammunition for terror acts,” chief judge Encep Yuliardi told the West Jakarta district court after an 11-hour hearing. “He hid information about acts of terror and he is found to have taken part in premeditated murder. We sentence Umar Patek to 20 years in jail.”
Patek was found guilty of all six charges against him, some of which related to Christmas Eve bomb attacks in 2000 on churches in Jakarta. Prosecutors had sought a life sentence for Patek, sparing him the firing squad — which has executed three other key players in the Bali bombings — because he had shown remorse and apologized to victims and their families.
Patek maintained over the four-month trial that he played only a small role in the bombmaking and that he had tried to stop the operation, most of whose victims were foreigners, at the 11th hour.
After more than eight years on the run, he was arrested in January 2011 in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, where US commandos four months later killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in a raid.
|Bali bomber begs for mercy|
|Umar Patek is a tiny man, pixie-faced and slump-shouldered inside the white garment worn by devout Muslims. He said, "I'm a quiet person, shy, and low in education," just before his trial for terrorism and mass murder continued yesterday.|
But this small man helped create the bombs that tore apart two Bali nightclubs 10 years ago and killed 202 people.
Patek has admitted mixing about 50 kilograms of chemicals to go into almost a ton of explosives used in the bombs.
Despite this, his lawyers have maintained that he should be found not guilty of the bombings, and guilty only of forging passports.
Twenty years later he has lost little of his fanaticism. He said, "My position about jihad remains the same. It is an obligation of every Muslim to carry out jihad."
Other hardcore beliefs continue. Patek said Abu Bakar Bashir, now serving a 15-year jail sentence for supporting a jihadi training camp in Aceh, was harmless. He said, "I think he only preaches. I think there's nothing wrong with preaching."
Patek has issued apologies to his victims and asked their families to forgive him.
|Prosecutors Seek Life Term for Bali Bombmaker|
|Indonesian prosecutors on Monday asked for a life sentence rather than the death penalty for Umar Patek, the bombmaker accused of being behind the Bali attacks that killed 202 people.|
When the trial started in February prosecutors had said they would seek capital punishment for Patek, who was held last year in the Pak town of , four months before al-Qaeda chief was killed there.
Prosecutor Bambang Suharyadi told the West Jakarta District Court that Patek had been proved guilty of premeditated murder, but they were seeking a lighter sentence because he had been remorseful and cooperative.
"We the prosecutors recommend... the defendant Umar Patek be given a life sentence," Suharyadi told the court. "He has been polite and cooperative during the trial and regretted what he has done."
Patek, 45, is accused of assembling bombs for the attacks on two nightclubs on the resort island on October 12, 2002 which killed many Western tourists, including 88 Australians, and on churches in Jakarta on Christmas Eve 2000.
Patek on Monday repeated an apology he made earlier this month to the relatives of the dead.
"I regret what I have done... (and) I apologize to the families of victims who died -- Indonesians and foreigners," he said.
Patek is accused of being the expert bombmaker for Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), a Southeast Asian terror network linked to Al-Qaeda.
He denies he led the bombmaking for the Bali attacks, admitting to playing only a small role. He confessed to mixing the chemicals for the explosives, but claimed he did not know how the bombs would be used.
Patek allegedly used simple household tools including a rice ladle to assemble the Bali bombs, which according to the court indictment were housed in ordinary filing cabinets.
He was in Abbottabad in January last year. Evidence in the trial suggested bin Laden gave JI $30,000 to wage jihad in the region and Patek might have met him in the Pak town -- a claim he has repeatedly denied.
|Key Bali Bombing Suspect Tells Victims He's Sorry|
|The terror suspect accused of building bombs used in the 2002 Bali nightclub attacks has apologized for the first time to victims.|
Umar Patek, a leading member of the al-Qaeda-linked network Jemaah Islamiyah, said he was against the bombings that killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists, from the start.
|FBI Agent Says 'Bali Bomber' was Explosives Expert|
|[An Nahar] An FBI agent testifying in the trial of the suspected Bali bomb-maker said Thursday the accused had been identified as an explosives expert by other Islamic and had planned to kill U.S. troops.|
Indonesian prosecutors accuse Umar Patek, who was last year in the same Pak town where U.S. commandos later killed al-Qaeda chief , of constructing the bombs that killed 202 people, mostly Westerners.
Frank Pellegrino, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who interrogated many Islamic following the 9/11 attacks in the United States, arrived in Bali shortly after the October 2002 nightclub bombings on the holiday island.
Pellegrino said he interrogated around 20 Islamic s, most from the al-Qaeda-linked Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), of which Patek is believed to be a key member and which was behind the Bali attacks.
"Many did know Mr. Patek and all described him -- especially after the time of Bali bombings -- as a leader, a bomb-maker, a well-known bomb-maker who knew how to mix chemicals and knew how to teach people how to mix chemicals," Pellegrino testified at the trial at the West Jakarta District Court.
Pellegrino was one of the FBI agents responsible for tracking self-confessed 9/11 Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was caught by Pak authorities on March 1, 2003.
He said the FBI had already been looking into JI because of threats of an attack on the U.S. embassy in Singapore in 2001.
Patek's name was quickly known by the FBI after the Bali attacks, Pellegrino said.
"A very famous sketch was drawn of what he looked like," he told the court. "We realized pretty quickly it was Jemaah Islamiyah," he added.
Pellegrino said he had many discussions with Indonesian police following the Bali attacks about Patek's activities in Afghanistan, where the suspected bomb-maker is known to have trained.
"He continued being a terrorist, he continued making bombs and was planning to attack U.S. troops in the Philippines," he testified.
Patek, 45, went on trial in February, charged with murder, bomb-making and illegal firearms possession. Prosecutors say they will push for the death penalty.
Three JI members -- ringleader Imam Samudra and the brothers Mukhlas and Amrozi -- were executed by firing squad in November 2008 for their roles in the Bali bombings.
According to the indictment, Patek was involved in assembling the bombs for the attacks and also strikes on churches in Jakarta on Christmas Eve 2000.
|Four survivors of Bali bombings testify at trial|
|JAKARTA, Indonesia: Four foreign victims of the 2002 Bali bombings testified Thursday in the trial of an Indonesian militant accused of helping to build the massive car bomb used in the terrorist attack.|
Australians Jason McCartney, Peter Hughes and Stuart Anstee and American Steven William Cabler told an Indonesian court how explosives carried in a backpack and a van destroyed two packed nightclubs. The attack was Asia’s most deadly terror strike and killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and seven Americans.
Umar Patek, 45, a leading member of the Al-Qaeda-linked network Jemaah Islamiyah, was arrested last year in Pakistan. He is the last key suspect to be tried in the Bali bombings and faces a possible death penalty if found guilty of various terror-related and criminal charges.
Prosecutors plan to use the testimonies of the foreign victims to support their sentencing demand.
|Nuggets from the Urdu press|
|Ahmadinejad quarrels with Ayatullah Khamenei|
Reported in monthly Naya Zamana President Ahmadinejad of Iran fell foul of Spiritual Leader Ayatullah Khamenei by declaring that the latter's son Mujtaba Khamenei was guilty of defrauding two Iranian banks of Iran of 3 crore dollars by using his father's authority. Ahmadinejad complained that the media and the judiciary were actually projecting him negatively to spoil his relations with Khamenei. When Ahmadinejad removed the intelligence chief of Iran Muslehi he was restored to his position by the Spiritual Leader.
Aslam Beg on 'election conspiracy'
Famous ex-army chief Aslam Beg was quoted in Mashriq as saying that next elections in Pakistain would be held in October because the powers that be had agreed on this. The PPP government panicked when it saw that Army Chief had got a high level of protocol in China thinking that it would now be removed with Chinese consent. This led to PM Gilani issuing a controversial statement against the Army.
Army killed Benazir through Baitullah
Daily Nawa-e-Waqt reported that a JIT report presented by Interior Minister Malik at Sindh Assembly stated that Musharraf had killed Benazir in December 2007 through Baitullah Mehsud, chief of Taliban, who trained men with the help of Al Qaeda and the Haqqania madrassa of Maulana Samiul Haq - the teacher of Taliban - where the killers stayed in room 96 of the madrassa hostel. Two were involved in the , one of them got himself demoted to lead the security detail of Benazir which disappeared just before her killing, and later he washed the place to remove evidence.
Shaukat Tareen against Benazir card
Quoted in Jinnah former finance minister Shaukat Tareen said that billions of rupees spent by the government under Benazir Income Support programme as direct subsidy to the poor was a waste and amounted to political bribe to garner votes.
'Parliament is supreme'
Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan stated in Mashriq that among all the state institutions the parliament was supreme and there will be no clash between the executive and the judiciary and the prime minister will not be handcuffed by the Supreme Court. He welcomed the 20th Amendment saying it will ensure impartial elections.
Why India is Most Favoured now?
Quoted in Naya Zamana Baloch leader of the PPP in Quetta Lashkari Raisani stated that Pakistain was now ready to give India the Most Favoured nation status but there was a time that when the Baloch said they considered India not an enemy but simply a neighbour they were punished by the state. The Baloch were told that the trouble in was not their struggle but mischief started by India and its secret agency RAW.
Hindu girls being forcibly married
Monthly Naya Zamana quoted Hindu Panchayat leader Amarnath that the Hindu community of Sindh was suffering because of the new practice of forcibly marrying their daughters. He said the pattern of crime was that first the young girl is made to run away from home and then seduced into marrying boys. He said no one including the police and politicians was heeding his complaints. He said in the crime of marrying Hindu girls religious leaders were directly involved. Madrassas are used to issue certificates of change of religion in respect of the affected Hindu girls.
Osama's address was known in Indonesia
Indonesian terrorist Umar Patek was quoted in daily Pakistain as saying that he came to to meet because his address was known to him in Indonesia. Patek was in Abbottabad trying to meet Osama so that he could go to Afghanistan and take part in jihad on behalf of Al Qaeda. He stayed in Pakistain a long time and was doing business of selling honey. He also made bombs. Patek is now being investigated by Indonesian police.
Javed Hashmi attacks Sharifs
Quoted by Express Tehrik Insaf leader Javed Hashmi appealed to and Shahbaz Sharif to take pity on the nation and leave politics ( Khuda ra mulk ki jan chchor dain). He included the two among the ten politicians who needed to be kicked out of Pakistain together with PM Gilani.
Meera changes tack on marriage
Quoted in Jinnah filmstar Meera has changed her line on her marriage with an American-Pak pilot Naveed Shahzad and now says her decision is not final because the man had not given her present or a ring for engagement. She said she was investigating Naveed's first marriage and will make up her mind only after knowing all the facts. According to Mashriq Meera's own former husband who claims to be her husband still on the basis of nikah-nama appeared on the scene and expressed his determination to prevent another marriage by Meera. Ateeq said that he had sent a notice to Naveed about his intention.
America eying Balochistan
World-famous strategist and ex-ISI boss told Nawa-e-Waqt that Nawaz Sharif should go and make a camp (deray dal day) in Balochistan and try to allay the Baloch leaders to make the province safe because America and Europe had been eying Balochistan to annex it because of its strategic importance in the region. He added the crucial information that after oil was finished in the Middle East, oil from the Caspian Sea will be the next source of energy, for which Balochistan will be the most important territory to annex.
Why India is Most Favoured now?
Quoted in Naya Zamana Baloch leader of the PPP in Quetta Lashkari Raisani stated that Pakistain was now ready to give India the Most Favoured nation status but there was a time when the Baloch said they considered India not an enemy but simply a neighbour they were punished by the state. The Baloch were told that the trouble in Balochistan was not their struggle but mischief started by India and its secret agency RAW.
Ch Nisar got rid of IG Punjab
Reported in Mashriq Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of PMLN had approached IG Punjab Javed Iqbal with sifarish which he had ignored as a result of which Ch Nisar had got rid of him through Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. But Javed Iqbal was a bold officer who had defied earlier governments when they tried to interfere in his work. He had recently changed 556 in the province and stated publicly that if the province wanted to end crime it had to put an end to political appointments. After that statement Ch Nisar tried to order him, which he ignored. Most of the senior officers were unhappy with him too.
How Asad Mengal was killed by Army
Writing in Jang Hamid Mir stated that in 1976 the Army under General Zia kidnapped Asad Mengal the son of the Baloch leader Ataullah Mengal from and killed him. After killing him his body was buried somewhere ion Thatta. Prime Minister Bhutto later wrote in his memoir that when he asked General Zia about the kidnapping of Asad Mengal he was advised to say that Asad Mengal had gone into exile in Afghanistan. Bhutto took the advice but he was wrong in doing so.
Taliban lie about girls' schools
Monthly Naya Zamana reported that Taliban Ehsanullah Ehsan stated that the Taliban were not against the education of girls but were protesting against secular education because it ignored religious instruction. He was commenting on the world peace award won by a girl from on the basis of writing. But in 2009 the Taliban ruled Swat and forbade the girls from going to school and destroyed 400 schools dedicated to the education of girls.
|Indonesia police shoot dead 5 terrs in Bali|
|DENPASAR, Indonesia: Indonesian police shot dead five suspected |
"Last night we have paralyzed five
It was not clear how advanced the preparations for attacks were. Authorities declined to give more details of the threat or say when the attacks were scheduled.
"They have made drawings of these locations as their targets," he told a news conference.
Three people were killed in the beach resort area of Sanur and two in the island's capital, Denpasar, and police said they recovered two rifles, two ammunition magazines, 48 bullets and a balaclava.
In Sanur, witnesses saw pools of blood outside a security guard post and police forensic officers at work behind a police line.
Police earlier said the
"This is an
Australian media quoted another senior police officer as saying it was possible the
The killings follow the beginning of a trial last month of an Islamist militant accused of making the bombs used in the 2002 Bali nightclubs attack.
Umar Patek, who was captured in the same Pakistan town where U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden, is also accused of mixing chemicals for 13 bombs that detonated in five churches in Jakarta on Christmas Eve, 2000, killing about 15 people. Security officials say he belonged to Jemaah Islamiah.
|Defence Lawyers Claim Charges Against Bali Bomber Obscure|
|Lawyers for the Indonesian who helped assemble bombs used in the 2002 nightclub blasts on Bali island said Monday that the charges against their client are obscure and should be dropped.|
They also told the West Jakarta District Court that the country's tough anti-terrorism law can't be applied retroactively, and because Umar Patek didn't take part in preplanning meetings he also was not guilty of premeditated murder.
|Al-Qaeda links with SE Asia fraying|
|A top Indonesian terror suspect captured in the Pak town where was later killed insists he was unaware of the al-Qaeda leader's presence there, according to the video of his interrogation obtained by The .|
|Inside the making of the Bali bombs|
A transcript of the Umar Patek's interrogation obtained by The Associated Press offers extraordinary detail of the Bali plot just days before Patek -- a radical once Southeast Asia's most-wanted bomb-making suspect -- goes on trial in Jakarta for his alleged role in the nightclub attack that killed 202 people.
Patek, known as "Demolition Man" for his expertise with explosives, says he and other conspirators stashed the 1,540-pound (700-kilogram) bomb in four filing cabinets, loaded them in a Mitsubishi L300 van along with a TNT vest bomb. The van was detonated outside two nightclubs on Bali's famous Kuta beach on Oct. 12, 2002. Most of those killed were foreign tourists.
|Bali bomb 'mastermind' trained militants to shoot|
|[Daily Nation (Kenya)] The alleged behind the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people gave gun training to at a camp in Aceh on Sumatra island, police said Wednesday.|
Police made a connection between Umar Patek and the camp, which was discovered last year, when the suspect on Wednesday retraced his steps in plotting terrorist acts in several locations in Jakarta.
"After the Bali bombings, Umar Patek travelled to many places. He returned to Indonesia and participated in training in Aceh," National Police Saud Usman Nasution said.
Police believe at the Aceh camp were planning Mumbai-style attacks on Westerners, and plotting the of Indonesian politicians.
Police said Patek trained alongside Dulmatin, once Indonesia's most-wanted who was killed last year in a police raid, and he conducted the training in Aceh and Banten province on the outskirts of Jakarta.
Patek was extradited from Pakistain in August. He was in January in Abbottabad, the city where US SEALS killed Al-Qaeda chief in a raid in May.
The re-enactments of planned attacks are part of the country's criminal investigations.
Police said they had also questioned several witnesses involved in Patek's plotting, but did not explain how they made the connection between Patek and the camp in Aceh.