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Jakarta Post

‘Demolition man’ may face death penalty

  • Jerry Adiguna and Ricky Yudhistira

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 14 2012   /  10:26 am

Umar Patek, the alleged terrorist mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombing that killed more than 200 people, may face a death sentence for conspiring to commit terrorism.

During his first trial session on Monday at the West Jakarta District Court, prosecutors slapped Umar with several additional charges, including premeditated murder, illegal possession of explosives and hiding information about terrorism.

Prosecutor Bambang Suharyadi also charged Umar, whose real name is Hisyam bin Alizein, with procuring and assembling the explosives that killed 19 people in nine cities in Indonesia during the Christmas Eve church bombings in 2000.

“[Patek] will be facing a maximum penalty of death for his role in terrorism,” Bambang said.

Patek, dubbed the “demolition man” by colleagues, ended a nine-year flight from justice after he was caught by US special forces in Ab...