Breaking: Umar Patek Gets 20 Years in Prison for Bali Bombings
The West Jakarta District Court has sentenced Indonesian high-profile terrorist defendant Umar Patek to 20 years in jail for serving as a bomb maker of the twin bombings of two night clubs in Bali and multiple churches in Jakarta.
The sentence is lower than the life sentence sought by prosecutors, who have spared him the maximum penalty of death by firing squad, citing that he has shown remorse during the trial.
Patek, 45, was found guilty of assembling the bombs used in two separate bomb attacks: the 2000 Christmas Eve church bombings in Jakarta that killed 19 people, and the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202 people.
Patek has claimed that he was not the “mastermind” in the attacks, but only played a minor role in setting the timer for the church bombings, and mixing the chemicals used in the Bali bombing. Patek even claimed that he tried to stop the attack in Bali.
During one recent court session, Patek apologized to Christians and families of the victims.