Indonesia to put on trial key militant

August 11, 2011 06:03

JAKARTA - Indonesia will prosecute a top Islamist militant for his alleged role in the 2002 Bali bombings after Pakistan handed him over, the head of the country's counter-terrorism agency said on Thursday.

Pakistani forces captured Umar Patek, a bomb-maker for militant group Jemaah Islamiah who is wanted by the United States, Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia, in January in Abbottabad, a garrison town in Pakistan, where US Navy SEALS killed al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a secret raid in May.

Patek arrived in Jakarta on Thursday, and was taken to a detention center, counter-terrorism chief Ansyaad Mbai told Reuters by telephone.

Security analysts say Patek is one of the few Indonesian militants who would be able to explain the connections and extent of cooperation between Islamist militant groups in Asia.

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