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Monday 12 May 2003
 
Bali bomber trial
 
Amrozi The trial of the first suspect arrested in connection with the Bali bomb attacks last October has opened and adjourned. The man, known as Amrozi, has been charged with four counts of terrorism. This report by Rachael Harvey.
 
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For more than an hour, Amrozi sat quietly listening to the long list of charges brought against him. Wearing cut-off trousers and flip-flops, from time to time, he shuffled uncomfortably in his chair.

The first person arrested after the devastating bomb attacks last October, Amrozi is now the first of more than thirty suspects to face the courts. He's accused of buying the chemicals to make the bombs and of supplying the van which delivered them. Under Indonesia's new anti-terrorism laws, if found guilty, he could face the death penalty.

Outside the court, a crowd of local people watched proceedings on live television. Every time Amrozi appeared on screen, they jeered and threw makeshift missiles at this image.

Inside the court, Amrozi's lawyers began their defence. Amrozi naively admitted his role in the attack, they said, but the law needs more than confessions, it needs evidence.

This could be a long and complex case. It could be many months before the panel of five judges reach their verdict.
 
 
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charges
 
a formal statement saying that someone has done something wrong
 
suspects
 
persons thought to be guilty
 
accused
 
someone who is said to have done something wrong
 
anti-terrorism
 
against the use of violence for political reasons
 
penalty
 
punishement
 
makeshift
 
temporary, of poor quality
 
defence
 
the action taken by lawyers to support as suspect’s denial of an illegal action
 
confessions
 
a confession is an admission of a crime
 
evidence
 
something you see or experience that make you believe that something is true
 
verdict
 
the decision at the end of a trial
 
 
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