Umar Patek, the accused manufacturer of bombs that killed 202 people in the 2002 Bali nightclub attacks, apologizes to the families of the victims, it was reported.
Patek, who is known as the Demolition Man, gave an emotional testimony during his trial on Monday and said he only played a small role in the incident, reported the Jakarta Globe. He said he did not want the explosives to be used in Bali, but instead wanted them used in Palestine.
“I was very sad and regret that the incident happened,” Patek was quoted as saying. “I was against it from the start, I never agreed with their methods.”
He added that the alleged conspirators in the attack agreed with bombing a target in Palestine, but said they did not know how to get there.
“I asked ‘why Bali? Jihad should be carried out in Palestine instead.’ But they said they didn’t know how to get to Palestine,” Patek said.
Dulmatin, another conspirator, told Patek, “Don’t think too much about it, just do it,” he recalled, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I was so shocked seeing so many explosives had been prepared … I went back to Imam Samudra and said, ‘What are you doing? … Muslims will also be hit,’” Patek was quoted as saying by the Herald.
”He didn’t say much; he only said, ‘Well, it’s been decided.’ I told him, ‘No you have to abort it, throw all the explosives to the sea’ … I told him ‘I never committed jihad in Indonesia.’”
However, previously, during his interrogation, he had said that he had no regrets, according to the Herald. When asked about this, he said that he is now telling the truth, and had thought the interrogators were “joking” when they asked if he had any regrets.Patek faces the death penalty for his alleged connection with the bombings.
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