Umar Patek will be tried
under Criminal Code: Police

National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam says authorities plan to charge Umar Patek, a suspect mastermind behind in the first Bali bombing, with the Criminal Code (KUHP) instead of the law on terrorism, since the latter can not be applied retroactively.

Anton added that under the Criminal Code, police could charge Patek with premeditated murder. The police would also charge Patek with the emergency law on explosives, he said.

Patek allegedly made the explosives that were detonated in the 2002 Bali bombing. He was arrested by Pakistani authorities in January for a violation of the country's immigration laws, and was deported to Indonesia on Thursday.

"Umar Patek, who was deported by the Pakistani government, arrived at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport this morning at 7 a.m. He is now at Kelapa Dua Police detention center awaiting further investigation," Anton said.

Anton declined to comment whether Patek had met Osama Bin Laden who was shot dead earlier this year in a US military operation in Abottabad, Pakistan.

"We still don't know. He has just arrived. We will inform [the public] about the matter after police have questioned him." (rcf)

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