12 February 2012 Last updated at 22:10 ET Umar Patek is accused of assembling the devices in the 2002 Bali bombing
Umar Patek, an alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombing that killed 202 people, has gone on trial in Indonesia.
Patek is believed to be a key member of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the group blamed for the attacks and linked to al-Qaeda.
He is accused of assembling the devices used in the attack and faces six counts including premeditated murder, bomb-making and illegal firearms possession.
He was arrested in January 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden was later killed.
In August he was extradited to Indonesia in a move seen at the time as a significant coup for anti-terror agencies in the country.
Security analysts believed it was no coincidence that he was caught in the same town as where the former al-Qaeda leader was hiding, but officials could not confirm whether the two had met.
Bin Laden was killed in a raid by United States forces in May 2011.
'Death penalty' Patek is standing trial in a Jakarta district court. The BBC's Karishma Vaswani in the city says there are between 260 to 300 police guarding the court.
This is markedly less than the security provided for the trial of Abu Bakar Bashir, the radical cleric seen as the spiritual leader of JI.
But authorities say they are not being complacent, says our correspondent.
Prosecutors have said that they will push for the maximum death penalty but some analysts think he could be given a life sentence instead.
The attack in 2002 on the Indonesian island took place at Paddy's Bar and Sari Club in the resort of Kuta. It was targeted mostly at foreigners. Those killed were from 21 countries, including 88 Australians, 38 Indonesians and 28 Britons.
Patek will also face charges for his alleged role in church bombings in Jakarta in 2000, which killed at least 19 people.
According to a court document obtained by the AFP new agency, he fled to the Philippines after the attacks in Bali, and joined the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) there, with the intention of going to Afghanistan.
In June 2009, he returned to Indonesia with his Filipina wife Ruqayyah Husein Luceno, hiding for a year in Jakarta and other parts of the country, before heading to Pakistan, AFP reports.
Article Source : BBC News
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