06 Jul '11, 4am

Indonesia fears backlash from Bali bomb trial [Straits Times]

Indonesia fears backlash from Bali bomb trial [Straits Times]

A general view of the scene of a bomb blast at Kuta, on the Indonesian island of Bali, in this October 17, 2002 file photo five days after explosions in a popular night spot killed almost 200 people. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SYDNEY - INDONESIA fears the trial of an alleged mastermind of the Bali bombings would increase terrorist risks and suggested it was not keen on prosecuting Umar Patek, a report said on Wednesday. Patek, one of the most wanted Islamic extremists in South-east Asia, was arrested in March in Abbottabad in Pakistan - the same town where Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed just weeks later. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, the head of Indonesia's anti-terrorism agency Ansyaad Mbai said Patek would become a new figurehead for violent jihadis if returned to the country of his birth. 'Umar Patek was chased by many countries. There was a (millio...

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