Umar Patek Gets 20 Years

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Indonesian judges have delivered their verdict on the last of the Bali bombers, finding Umar Patek guilty of constructing two bombs that killed more than 200 people in the October 2002 blasts, detonated outside two nightclubs along the Kuta-Legian strip. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Throughout the hearing Patek, 45, insisted he wasn’t responsible for plotting the attack, that he only mixed the chemicals used in the bomb, he showed remorse, apologized to the families, and the judges appeared to side with the defense, even after prosecutors decided to seek a life sentence as opposed to the death penalty. He faced six charges, including terrorist related allegations.

Read more in The Diplomat.

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