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Infidels had Bali coming
    #1814001 - 08/14/03 04:55 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

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Infidels had Bali coming, not that I did it, says Samudra
By Darren Goodsir in Denpasar, Bali
August 12, 2003

Reciting from the Koran, and rambling in Indonesian, Arabic and Balinese dialect, the alleged Kuta bombing field commander, Imam Samudra, yesterday swore that he had no knowledge of the attacks - but said they were justified as part of the Islamic struggle for freedom and respect.

Samudra, 33, a former textile salesman, read from hand-written notes and also used Australia's "invasion" of East Timor as part of his ideological rationale for the bombings.

"You should remember what was done by Australia and its allies over two years, or do you agree with the aggression against East Timor, that removed it from Indonesia," he said.

"Do you believe the infidel supporters of George W. Bush are the real vampires, are terrorists? Is there anyone in the world who does not know these facts?

"Death is not the thing I am scared of; I am only scared of Allah. I know that I will probably be given the death sentence, but all I have done is told the truth."

Samudra told the court that the howling demand from prosecutor, I Nyoman Dila, that he be executed had only fortified his faith in Allah.

He denied Bali was selected as a target because it had a large Hindu population and even apologised, in a Balinese dialect, to the Indonesian victims of the bombings - wishing them well with their recoveries.

But he refused to show remorse for westerners, saying he was grateful for the massive deaths in the Sari Club and Paddy's Irish Pub.

He rejected the damaging testimony given by his co-accused, Hernianto and Ali Imron, and also from Amrozi, who he claimed had been forced to tell lies because of torture. He asked for the court's blessing to be sworn in again as a witness in an upcoming Imron hearing, to reject errors in the testimony.

Samudra focused repeatedly on what he claimed were inconsistencies in the evidence, including the alleged manipulation of his laptop computer by Australian Federal Police officers, which made out he had advance knowledge of the bombings. He said he supported last week's Jakarta bombing, repeating his hope that the explosion was conducted by Muslims.

Samudra is also charged with a jewellery store robbery in west Java, funds from which the prosecution claims were used to finance the Kuta attacks, which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. He also faces the death penalty for a string of church bombings on Christmas Eve, 2000, in which some explosives were allegedly wrapped like presents.

His defence was delivered in a theatrical, staccato style - at times whispering, and occasionally shouting. But there were scowls of disbelief from undercover police in court to many of his remarks, including the claim that the Bank of Central Asia, the institution used to transfer some of the terrorist funds, should also be charged.

His lawyer, Qaidar Faisal, later delivered an official defence submission. It argued about the real meaning of the jihad struggle, how Afghanistan under Taliban rile had been a pure nation, as its laws had been crafted by God and not humans.

Mr Faisal also quoted from American satirist Michael Moore's book Stupid White Men and other anti-western texts.{I guess we know MM's demographic now- wingnutx}

An Australian victim, Ben Tullipan, who lost both legs in the tragedy and part of his hearing, was at court. "It is hard to be in the same room as the bloke who did this," he told reporters. "It's all bullshit [what Samudra said] . . . it all takes a bit to sink in. I'm glad I came."

Later in the day, Amrozi's lawyers filed his appeal papers in the Denpasar District Court, which now has 90 days to assess his arguments for a new hearing.

His elder brother, Mukhlas, also appeared in a separate hearing. He was given pictures and a letter from his wife, but the trial lasted only five minutes because no defence witnesses were able to be called. This paves the way for closing arguments, with a verdict in the next few weeks.


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Re: Infidels had Bali coming [Re: wingnutx]
    #1814097 - 08/14/03 05:22 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

Religious terrorists are scary! They know they do the lords work...

"Know your Body - Know your Mind - Know your Substance - Know your Source.

Lest we forget. "

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Re: Infidels had Bali coming [Re: Azmodeus]
    #1814466 - 08/14/03 07:13 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

AHHHH!  Now THAT'S a scary link!!!  :eek: 


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