June 21st, 2012
11:06 AM ET

Indonesian court sentences Bali bomber to 20 years in jail

A court handed down a 20-year sentence Thursday for an Indonesian man convicted of helping assemble the bombs that killed more than 200 people in Bali in 2002.

The Jakarta court found Umar Patek, 45, guilty of taking part in premeditated murder and conspiracy to smuggle explosives and firearms for use in terror attacks.

Patek had faced a maximum penalty of death, and the courtroom was packed for the verdict delivered by a panel of five judges.

He stared at the floor and showed no emotion as the verdict was read. He shook the judges' hands and hugged his lawyer before he was escorted to a car waiting in the basement of the courthouse for transportation to a jail on the outskirts of the city.

Patek, who has expressed remorse for his actions, will consider appealing to a higher court, said his lawyer Asludin Hatjani.

Hatjani said he was "very disappointed" by the verdict.

"Umar Patek did what he was accused for because he was under pressure from his seniors, and he failed to convince them to prevent the attacks, although he already tried hard to do so," Hatjani said.

Patek was one of Indonesia's most wanted terrorists, with a $1 million bounty on his head from the U.S. government's Rewards for Justice program.

Three of the masterminds of the Bali bombings - Imam Samudra, Amrozi bin Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron - were executed in 2008. Patek was the last of the accused to stand trial in Indonesia.

The October 12, 2002, blasts tore apart two nightclubs in Kuta, a town popular with tourists on the Indonesian island of Bali. At the time, the country's police chief called the attack "the worst act of terrorism in the country's history."

Among the dead were 88 Australians and seven Americans.

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