Who is Umar Patek? Wikipedia, Biography, Age, Bali Bomber, Released
Umar Patek Wikipedia – Umar Patek Biography
Umar Patek, a leading member of the Al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah, was sentenced to 20 years in jail in 2012 after being found guilty of making a car bomb that ripped through two Bali nightclubs.
Indonesia has sparked outrage after releasing a convicted terrorist and the primary bombmaker for the deadly 2002 Bali bombings after he served just half of his original 20-year prison sentence.
Indonesia says Patek has been deradicalized and successfully reformed in prison.
Umar Patek Age
He is 55 years old.
The attack killed 202 people from 21 nations, including 88 Australian victims, on 12 October 2002 in the deadliest terrorist attack to have struck Indonesia.
Bali Bomber Released
The country said Patek, 55, has been deradicalized and successfully reformed in prison. His release will be used as an example to influence other militants to turn away from terrorism, authorities said.
However, his release has sparked outrage in Australia, with prime minister Anthony Albanese describing it as “abhorrent”.
The release comes just weeks after the family of the victims gave a tearful tribute to their loved ones at the 20th anniversary of the bombings in Bali as well as Australia.
The Australian government said Australians would be “deeply hurt” by the decision of President Joko Widodo’s administration. The statement added that it “sought assurances from the Indonesian government that he will be subject to ongoing supervision and monitoring”.
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“Today, our thoughts are with the victims and survivors of the Bali bombings and their families,” a spokesperson for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.
Patek, whose real name is Hisyam bin Alizein, was escorted from Porong prison in East Java province by the National Police’s counterterrorism squad to his family home in Surabaya at 8 am on Wednesday.
“He is obliged to follow the office’s guidance and must not commit any violence to keep his parole,” said Rika Aprianti, a spokesperson for the Corrections Department at the justice ministry.
“If he makes any violations during his parole period – then he will return to his cell,” she said.