Bali bomb-maker Umar Patek jailed for 20 years

Umar Patek, centre, accompanied by his lawyer Ashludin Hatjani, right, speaks at West Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, 7 May, 2012 Umar Patek says he played a more minor role than prosecutors have alleged

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An Indonesian court has convicted a militant of making explosives used in the deadly 2002 Bali bombings and sentenced him to 20 years in jail.

Umar Patek was found guilty of murder and bomb-making in connection with the Bali attacks, which killed more than 200 people, mostly foreigners.

He admitted helping mix chemicals, but said he was not involved beyond that.

Prosecutors did not ask for the death penalty after Patek apologised to victims and their families.

Patek was found guilty of all six charges, some terrorism-related, that he was facing.


The judges delivered their verdict in a keenly watched trial. After the verdict was announced, Mr Patek appeared calm and composed, shaking the hands of the judges.

He could have faced the death penalty - the maximum punishment for some of the charges against him in Indonesia is death by firing squad.

But prosecutors said Mr Patek had shown remorse during the trial, consistently apologising for his role in the attacks, and even going as far as to say he was against the Bali bombings from the start. That is why they only asked for a term of life in prison. In the end, he received less than that - 20 years in jail.

It is still not clear whether his lawyers will lodge an appeal - but this verdict has given Indonesia the opportunity to close the chapter on the deadly Bali blasts, which changed the image of this country as a safe place.

This included charges relating to attacks on churches in Jakarta, which killed 19 people on Christmas Eve 2000.

He is the last key player to be tried in Indonesia in relation to the Bali attacks.

The BBC's Karishma Vaswani, in Jakarta, says that for many in the country, and around the world, this is an opportunity to close the chapter on the tragic events of 2002.

'Bombers' executed

The Bali attacks targeted Paddy's Bar and the Sari Club in the resort of Kuta. Those killed were from 21 countries, including 88 Australians, 38 Indonesians and 28 Britons.

The bombings were blamed on the Jemaah Islamiah militant network.

Three men were executed in 2008 for playing key roles in the attacks and two others have been killed in raids.

Patek, whose trial began in February, was arrested in January 2011 in Abbottabad, the Pakistani town where Osama Bin Laden was later killed in a US raid.

He was extradited to Indonesia in August 2011.

Bali bombings 12 Oct 2002

Police inspect devastation in Kuta, Bali on 13 October 2002 after the attacks
  • Paddy's Bar and Sari Club in the resort of Kuta targeted, 202 killed from 21 countries
  • Militant group Jemaah Islamiah blamed for the bombings
  • Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron (Mukhlas) executed in Nov 2008 for planning the attacks
  • Alleged attack planner Dulmatin (2010) and bomb-maker Azahari Husin (2005) killed
  • Another suspect Hambali (Riduan Isamuddin) is being held in Guantanamo Bay

Police were deployed to guard the court, which opened its session at 09:20 (02:20 GMT). Snipers were positioned in and around the court buildings for the final session.

Judges read the charges and a long summary of witness testimony before delivering their verdict.

Lawyers for Umar Patek sought to play down his role in the Bali blasts, saying he was involved in the preparation of the bombs but not in carrying out the attacks.

Patek himself has admitted helping to assemble the explosives, but said he was not the chief bomb-maker, as prosecutors alleged.

Patek, who is reportedly known as "demolition man," asked for ''forgiveness'' in court, saying he was against the attacks "from the start".

After the judgement, one of the lawyers in Patek's defence team, Ashluddin Hatjani, said his client was "not angry" but "sad" at the verdict.

"He was disappointed. It was too heavy compared to the sentences for other terrorists with bigger roles," he said.


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    Comment number 52.

    I hope they take him out of prison to pick up the body pieces from the next inhuman act.

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    Comment number 51.

    A terrorist is always a terrorist, in all parts of the chain of events. It doesn't happen overnight and is highly organised.

    The shame is those key in terrorist organisations don't allow their own children to be suicide bombers, but use other's children instead.

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    Comment number 50.

    Your right! Bob Crow and Ken Livingston are labelled a militant, should we be worried?"

    Good point. This report should say quite clearly that Umar Patek is a terrorist. As for 20 years, a life sentence would be better.

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    Comment number 49.

    47. Will 11 MINUTES AGO So you can get 20 years for making a bomb that kills 200 people in Indonesia and 20 years for smuggling 4kg of marijuana in a body board bag as well? Doesn't seem overly balanced.

    20 years for smuggling drugs sounds fine....for the stupidity of the person who risks it alone!

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    Comment number 48.

    The bigger picture here, is that some lies are acceptable, and remorse is a useful tool.

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    Comment number 47.

    So you can get 20 years for making a bomb that kills 200 people in Indonesia and 20 years for smuggling 4kg of marijuana in a body board bag as well?
    Doesn't seem overly balanced...

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    Comment number 46.

    keep them all in safe custody

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    Comment number 45.

    Osama Bin Laden stated after the Bali bombings that the attacks were carried out in retaliation for the liberation of East Timor in 1999. Indonesia's genocidal occupation of East Timor lasted 25 years and resulted in the near liquidation of its Christian inhabitants. Britain sold arms to Indonesia throughout this period and to this day has not condemned what amounted to brutal Islamic imperialism.

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    Comment number 44.

    Good, keep him off the streets for a while.
    Unless they also have remission for good behaviour!
    The damage these people did should attract a capital offence considering the death and injury they have inflicted on the innocent!!

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    Comment number 43.

    Appalling! A mere slap on the wrist and an insult to the families and memory of their loved ones. Terrorists endanger all. He should have been given the death penalty.

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    Comment number 42.

    Bali bomb-maker gets 20 years. Presumably he was given such a low sentence due to information against terrorists who recruited him with forms of lying acceptable to tell so-called non-believers.

    No genuine remorse, just another twist by another martyr playing on mind games.

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    Comment number 41.


    Your right! Bob Crow and Ken Livingston are labelled a militant, should we be worried?

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    Comment number 40.

    Why not life? Why not the death penalty. He has admitted being a part of it that is basically stating he cares not for anyone else life!

    Scum of the earth! like all coward terrorists

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    Comment number 39.

    The guy has admitted his guilt by saying he played a minor role in this devastating attack. Why should he receive a prison term and not Capital punishment, the world would be far better off without them. With no apologies to the do-gooders and the Human Rights activists. Neither he nor his associates give any human rights to their victims.

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    Comment number 38.

    33. blastygoose
    ust because one country did something bad in the past isn't, in my opinion, a valid justification for terrorism. It would be like the Nazi's saying: "It's ok for us to enslave Europe and massacre anyone who stands in our way because the Romans did it".
    As a matter of interest, if the Nazi's had succeeded in invading The UK, Would it be OK to form a resistance?

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    Comment number 37.

    I believe this is a light sentence considering more than 200 people were murdered by this Islamist terrorist and others of his ilk. All politcal correctness attempts, to play nice , does not work with these killers. We are at WAR with Muslin terrorists all around the world , tell it like it is. We must be vigilant and strong against them.

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    Comment number 36.

    20 years for helping to build a bomb and plot terrorism? Indonesia's judicial system is so unbalanced. Corby get's 20 years in jail, also in Bali, for bringing weed into the country. There is no way that these two crimes are on par with each other, especially comparing the amount of damage that each inflicts. Where's the justice? 2.5 years for being an athiest, 3-6 months for killing Ahmadis.

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    Comment number 35.

    #31 I didn't claim it was the same. However as being blown apart by a bomb was never a sentencing option I think 20 years in an Indon jail probably involves a lot more suffering than the more or less instant death of a judicial execution. Its worth pointing out that some of our more infamous murderers chose suicide over live in a UK jail.

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    Comment number 34.

    @14 "terrible is also the word for what we do to provoke them"

    I'm not aware that Australia has ever bombed Indonesia.

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    Comment number 33.

    30. Name Number 6

    Just because one country did something bad in the past isn't, in my opinion, a valid justification for terrorism. It would be like the Nazi's saying: "It's ok for us to enslave Europe and massacre anyone who stands in our way because the Romans did it".


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