JAKARTA, Indonesia – The alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali attacks, Umar Patek, will stand trial Monday (February 13th), a court spokesman said Thursday.
Patek is facing numerous terror-related charges, including bomb-making, premeditated murder, firearms possession, and using false identification. If found guilty, he would be executed by firing squad.
He is believed to be behind the 2002 Bali bombings that left 202 dead, mostly tourists, as well as attacks on churches in Jakarta on Christmas Eve 2000.
A suspected member of the terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, Patek was extradited to Indonesia after his January arrest in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The US State Department Rewards for Justice Program, which offers cash money for information that prevents or favourably resolves acts of international terrorism against US citizens, had put a $1 million bounty on his head.
Three other men behind the Bali attacks were executed by firing squad in 2008.