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Indonesia says Patek could face death penalty

Indonesian police said they will charge Bali bomb suspect Umar Patek under the anti-terrorism law.



Jakarta: Indonesian police said on Thursday they
will charge Bali bomb suspect Umar Patek under the
anti-terrorism law as well as with premeditated murder, either
of which could see him executed if convicted.

National police spokesman Anton Bachrul Alam said the
41-year-old who was arrested in Pakistan earlier this year had
breached the 2003 anti-terror law by smuggling weapons and
concealing information about a terrorist training camp.

He would be charged under the criminal code with
premeditated murder in relation to the 202 people killed in
bombings of tourist night-spots on Bali island in 2002.

Police say Patek has confessed to assembling the bombs
used in the Bali attacks, as well as to carrying out out a
series of church bombings in Indonesia on Christmas Eve 2000.

As the last Bali mastermind still on the run, Patek was
one of Asia`s most wanted terror suspects and had a USD 1
million bounty on his head under the US rewards for justice
programme.

He was arrested in Pakistan early this year in the town
where Osama bin Laden was subsequently killed by US commandos.

PTI

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