NewsMalaysians detained at Guantanamo confess to 2002 Bali bombing: verdict due next week

Malaysians detained at Guantanamo confess to 2002 Bali bombing: verdict due next week

Mohammed Farik and Mohammed Nazir, Guantanamo prisoners, confessed to planning a bombing attack in Bali in 2022.
Mohammed Farik and Mohammed Nazir, Guantanamo prisoners, confessed to planning a bombing attack in Bali in 2022.
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6:06 AM EST, January 17, 2024

As reported by "The New York Times," Mohammed Farik Amin, 48, and Mohammed Nazir Lep, 47, were charged with involvement in this crime as of 2021. The proceedings lasted 18 long years. The suspected men were nabbed in Thailand four years after the astonishing attack occurred.

A few years back, the defendants were accused of nine offenses linked with bomb attacks at nightclubs in Bali in 2002. They prepared explosions that caused the demise of 202 people.

The same perpetrators also orchestrated a bomb attack on the Jakarta Marriott hotel in 2003, claiming the lives of eleven people.

Both defendants were detained for years in secret offshore prisons operated by the CIA. In 2006, they were transferred to Guantanamo Bay, where they faced a special national security court established by President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks.

Malaysian duo confess responsibility for the Bali bombing

Initially, the men were co-accused with Indonesian Encep Nurjaman, also known as Hambali, the leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah movement. In October of the previous year, the "NYT" stated that Mohammed Farik and Mohammed Nazir had reached an agreement with prosecutors. Thus, their trial was to be held separately.

Bernama, the Malaysian national news agency, reported that by pleading guilty, Mohammed Farik and Mohammed Nazir also consented to testify against Hambali. These subordinates, executors of the leader's will and accomplices in the mass deaths, will therefore serve as the main prosecution witnesses.

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