Saturday, June 23, 2012

After almost 12 hours of trial, Umar Patek was sentenced to 20 years in prison

JAKARTA - At 09.00 WIB in the morning, the verdict was heard against Umar Patek held at the West Jakarta District Court, Jl. S. Parman No. 71, Slipi West Jakarta. The hearing was packed with national and international media reporters. Visible foreign journalists from news agencies such as AFP, Reuters, CNN and others were present covering the trial.

The hearing was suspended twice, namely at 1:00 p.m. WIB to perform the midnight prayer and then resumed at 2:00 p.m. WIB. The trial was again suspended at 5:10 p.m. to conduct the Asr prayer then Maghrib, then continued at 18.30 WIB.

Umar Patek's congregation was a very long duration of the trial, so the reporters who had been waiting since morning looked exhausted. After almost 12 hours of trial, at 20.30 WIB a panel of judges chaired by Encep Yuliardi in West Jakarta District Court, finally sentenced Himyam bin Ali Zein (45) to Umar Patek for 20 years in prison.
"dropped the criminal sentence against the defendant, namely by imprisonment for 20 years," said Encep Yuliardi as the presiding judge, at the West Jakarta District Court on Thursday (6/21/2012).

Umar Patek was declared to have violated six lay charges imposed by the public prosecutor. The six charges are Article 15 juncto Article 9 of Law Number 15 of 2003 concerning the Eradication of Terrorism Crime concerning the conspiracy of entering weapons and ammunition into Indonesia to carry out acts of terrorism.

Article 13 letter (c) of Perpu Number 1 of 2002 The Law on the Eradication of Terrorism Crime hides info about acts of terrorism.
Article 340 in conjunction with Article 55 Paragraph 1 to 1 of the Criminal Code concerning Planned Murder. Article 266 Paragraph (1) and (2) KUHP juncto Article 55 Paragraph (1) 1st Criminal Code concerning Falsification of Documents and Article 1 Paragraph (1) Emergency Law Number 12 Year 1951 juncto Article 55 Paragraph 1 to 1 of the Criminal Code concerning Ownership of Explosives Without permission.

Previously the Public Prosecutor (JPU) demanded that the panel of judges impose a prison sentence on Umar Patek for a lifetime. But the panel of judges finally sentenced him to 20 years in prison. Umar Patek, through his attorney, Asludin Hatjani, expressed his thoughts as well as the prosecutor.
After the trial attorney Umar Patek expressed disappointment over the judge's verdict. "So if we listen to the verdict from the panel of judges, it is clear that we from the legal counsel of the defendant were very disappointed with the verdict of 20 years. The 20 year name is maximum," said Asludin when questioned by reporters at the West Jakarta District Court.

Umar Patek during the trial using a suit and white pants without skullcap looked stout. The Afghan alumni and mujahid who had jihad in the Philippines were once valued at 1 million US dollars by the US government for any information obtained about him.

Umar Patek became the most wanted fugitive after being accused of involvement in a series of acts, such as the amaliah bombing of a number of churches in 2000 and
amaliyah istisyhadiyah in Bali in 2002. He was arrested with his wife, Ruqayyah by Pakistani security forces in Abottabad on January 25, 2011 and was extradited to Indonesia on August 11, 2011.

Voa-Islam/The Truth Seeker Media

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