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Umar Patek’s trial seemingly goes nowhere

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 20 2012   /  10:00 am

Umar Patek: The country’s most wanted terrorist was smiling in his trial. Kompas.com/Roderick Adrian MozesMore than two months after the start of the trial of one of the country’s most wanted terrorist, Umar Patek, nicknamed the Demolition Man, the court proceedings have failed to pick up steam.

On Monday, prosecutors presented six witnesses who gave sketchy accounts of Patek’s alleged role in a number of terror attacks that rocked the country in recent years.

Patek is accused of masterminding the 2002 Bali bombing, which killed more than 200 people, mostly foreign holidaymakers. He is also accused of assembling explosives that were used in bombings in nine cities on Christmas Eve 2000.

The six witnesses, all victims of the Bali bombing, testified before a panel of judges presided over by Lexsy Mamonto.

“At the time of the blast, I was near the bombing...