Umar Patek

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Umar Patek
Born 1970
Java, Indonesia
Arrested January 25, 2011
Abottabad, Pakistan
Inter-Services Intelligence
Citizenship Indonesian
Alleged to be a member of Jemaah Islamiyah
Penalty 20 years
Status Imprisoned

Umar Patek (born 1970)[1] is an Indonesian member of Jemaah Islamiyah who was wanted in the United States, Australia, and Indonesia on terrorism charges. There was a US$1 million reward offered by the Rewards For Justice Program for information leading to his capture.[2] In June 2012 Patek was convicted for his involvement in the 2002 bombings in Bali, Indonesia, which killed 202 people.[3][4]

Capture and trial[edit]

Patek was captured by Pakistani security officials in Abbotabad on 25 January 2011.[5][6] Indonesian officials reported that Patek had confessed to playing a key role in the 2002 Bali bombings as well as a series of bombings on Christmas Eve in 2000. Ansyaad Mbai, the head of Indonesia's anti-terrorism agency, also told the Associated Press that Patek had "helped lead authorities to bin Laden."[3] In May 2011, Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said that Patek was in Abottabad with his wife with the purpose of meeting bin Laden, but an unnamed U.S. counterterrorism official dismissed this claim as a "coincidence" and told ABC News that the U.S. had no evidence that Patek was attempting to meet with the al-Qaeda leader[7][8] Dawn.com earlier reported that Patek intended to travel to North Waziristan with two French militants.[6]

There had been earlier false reports that he had been killed on September 14, 2006 in the Sulu province of the Philippines.[9]

On 11 August 2011, Umar Patek was extradited from Pakistan to Indonesia where he was detained in Jakarta before pending trial.[3][10]

On 21 June 2012 an Indonesian court sentenced Patek to 20 years in jail for murder and bomb-making. He was found guilty of all six charges, which included involvement in attacks against churches on Christmas Eve 2000. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty. During the trial Patek apologized to families of victims and maintained that he did nothing more than mix chemicals for the explosives.[4][11] Patek also stated that his target had always been Israelis and not "Westerners". Stating "I questioned why in Bali? Jihad should be carried out in Palestine instead... Who were the victims, they were Westerners, they weren’t Israelis. In fact many Indonesians were victims. They had no link to Palestine." [12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bali bomb suspect arrested in Pakistan: Indonesia". AFP (Google News). 2011-03-30. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  2. ^ Rewards for Justice page on Umar Patek
  3. ^ a b c "Bali bomb suspect extradited to Indonesia". Al Jazeera. 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Bali bomb-maker Umar Patek jailed for 20 years". BBC News. 2012-06-21. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bali bombing suspect Umar Patek 'arrested in Pakistan'". BBC News online. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  6. ^ a b "Militant’s road ends in Pakistan". Dawn. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Minister: Patek planned to meet bin Laden". UPI.com (United Press International, Inc). 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  8. ^ "Terror Suspect Nabbed in Osama Bin Laden's Town Months Before Raid". ABC News. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  9. ^ Bali bomb recruiter Umar Patek shot dead[dead link], Courier Mail, 14 September 2005.
  10. ^ "Bali bombing suspect Umar Patek extradited to Indonesia". BBC News. August 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Indonesian court gives Umar Patek 20-year term". Jakarta Post. Associated Press. 2012-06-21. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ Alleged Bali Mastermind Begs Forgiveness, May 7, 2012, http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/alleged-bali-mastermind-begs-forgiveness/516480#Scene_1

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