Bali Bombing Mastermind Jailed for 20 Years
Islamic militant Umar Patek was found guilty on Thursday of key involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
There was massive security around the West Jakarta District Court as the verdict was read out, with some 300 police officers stationed around the courtroom while police snipers were atop surrounding buildings.
Patek was also found guilty of involvement in a church bombing at Christmas 2000 that left 19 people dead.
Throughout his trial, Patek expressed remorse and asked not to be jailed because he has not yet married and wishes to have children.
Prosecutors had sought a life term.
The verdict for Patek, 45, brings an end to Indonesia’s 10-year investigation into the twin nightclub blasts in Bali that killed 202 people.
Three men were executed in 2008 for their involvement in the worst act of terrorism in Indonesia’s history.