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Prosecutors Ask for Death Penalty in Bali Bombing Trial
VOA News
30 Jun 2003, 09:43 UTC

Indonesian prosecutors have asked a court to impose the death penalty in the first trial of an Islamic militant accused of involvement in last October's terrorist bombings on the resort island of Bali.

Forty-year-old mechanic Amrozi, known as the "smiling bomber," has admitted to plotting, organizing and carrying out the October 12 nightclub blasts that killed 202 people, mostly tourists, from 21 countries.

Earlier today, the head of Indonesia's police criminal investigation division Erwin Mappaseng told reporters that another suspect, named Idris, was arrested June 12 in the city of Medan on Sumatra island. He said the suspect is now in Bali and has confessed to involvement in the bombings.

Police say Mr. Idris helped plan and make arrangements for the attack. Prosecutors say he is a member of Jemaah Islamiyah, a regional militant Islamic group accused of carrying out the Bali bombings. Jemaah Islamiyah is believed to be linked to Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network.

More than 30 people have been arrested in connection with the Bali bombings -- most suspected of planning the attack. Four more suspects remain at large.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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