Australia PM fights potential release of Bali bombmaker who helped kill 202 people at tourist hotspot | World News


One of the bombmakers in the Bali terror attack that killed 202 people could be freed on parole this month after his sentence was reduced.

Umar Patek was jailed for 20 years in 2012 after being found guilty of helping mix the bombs used to inflict mass murder at two tourist bars on the island in 2002.

He was a member of al-Qaeda-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, and was also sentenced for his part in bombing churches in Jakarta.

Patek has been given a five-month cut in his sentence to mark Indonesia’s independence day, making him now eligible for parole, said Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese.

It’s one of several cuts in his sentence he’s received, but it’s not yet been confirmed whether the parole will be granted.

Eighty-eight Australians, 38 Indonesians and 23 Britons were among those killed when a suicide bomber triggered his device inside Paddy’s Irish bar on 12 October 2002.

Seconds later, as people fled into the street, a van stuffed with explosives…



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