Bali bomb maker Umar Patek could be released early from Indonesian jail

Umar Patek, the bomb maker who helped assemble the devices used in the 2002 bombing in Bali, could walk free early from prison this year.

The Indonesian ministry of law and human rights regional office in East Java has proposed the early release after the ex-member of Jemaah Islamiyah, an Indonesian terror group linked to al-Qaida, completed two-thirds of his sentence, plus remissions.

Patek gained the remissions as he declared his obedience to Indonesia. “He has made a full pledge to the Republic of Indonesia,” said Zaeroji, the head of the ministry of law and human rights regional office in East Java.

A ministry spokesperson confirmed the proposal is in process.

Patek, whose real name is Hisyam bin Ali Zein, was accused of his role in assembling the bomb that ripped through the Sari Club and Paddy’s Pub in Kuta, killing 202 people. The court in Jakarta sentenced him to 20 years in prison. He was spared the death sentence after collaborating with the police and apologising to…

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This article was written by Josh Butler and Johanes Hutabarat in Jakarta and originally published on