Indonesia to put on trial key militant

JAKARTA - Indonesia will prosecute a topIslamist militant for his alleged role in the 2002 Bali bombingsafter Pakistan handed him over, the head of the country'scounter-terrorism agency said on Thursday.

Pakistani forces captured Umar Patek, a bomb-maker formilitant group Jemaah Islamiah who is wanted by the UnitedStates, Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia, in January inAbbottabad, a garrison town in Pakistan, where US Navy SEALSkilled al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a secret raid in May.

Patek arrived in Jakarta on Thursday, and was taken to adetention center, counter-terrorism chief Ansyaad Mbai toldReuters by telephone.

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