Bali bomb suspect to be sent to Indonesia from Pak

Patek has $1 million bounty on his head under the US government`s Rewards for Justice programme.

Updated: Jul 25, 2011, 21:07 PM IST

Jakarta: An alleged mastermind of the
2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people will be
sent to Indonesia after being arrested in Pakistan in March, a
senior counter terrorism official said on Monday.

"Pakistan has delivered a message early July that they
will send Umar Patek to Indonesia," National Anti-Terror
Agency (BNPT) deputy chief Tito Karnavian told reporters.

Jakarta`s foreign and justice ministries are now
working to process Patek`s deportation, he said.

Indonesian counter-terrorism police have been tracking
Patek for years. One of the most wanted Islamic extremists in
Southeast Asia, he has a USD 1 million bounty on his head
under the US government`s "Rewards for Justice" programme.

Born in 1970, Patek was allegedly the field
coordinator for the massive explosions that flattened
nightclubs on Bali, killing 202 people, and placed mainly
Muslim Indonesia on the front lines of the global battle
against Islamic militancy.

Patek is a suspected member of Al-Qaeda-linked
Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), blamed
for a series of deadly bombings targeting Christians and
Westerners in Indonesia dating back to 1999.

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