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The bomb maker behind the 2002 Bali bombings has been released from prison

The bomb maker behind the 2002 Bali bombings has been released from prison


The bomb maker responsible for the explosives used in the 2002 Bali terror attack has been released from prison after only serving just over half of his 20-year sentence.

Here’s what you need to know.

The context

On 12 October 2002, three bombs were detonated in Bali, killing 202 people, including 88 Australians. The attacks caused the largest loss of Australian life from a terrorist attack, according to the Australian Government.

The first two bombs were detonated in two popular nightspots, while the third bomb was detonated in front of the U.S. Consulate.

Terrorist organisation Jemaah Islamiyah was found to be responsible for the attacks.

Bomb maker released

In 2012, bomb maker Umar Patek was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Patek has now been released on parole just over halfway through this sentence.

Rika Aprianti, a spokesperson for Indonesia’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights said: “The special requirements that have been met by Umar Patek are that he has participated in the de-radicalisation coaching program.”

Patek will remain on parole until April 2030. If he fails to report or breaks the law, this parole can be revoked.

Australia response

In August, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Patek’s release would have a “devastating impact” on Australian families affected by the terror attack.

Defence Minister Richard Marles said today would be a “difficult day for many Australians – all Australians”.

According to Energy Minister Chris Bowen, the Australian Government remains “concerned” about the early release. He said today that the Government has sought “reassurances that he’ll continue to be monitored and appropriate protections will be in place”.

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