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Police submit file on Bali prime suspect

Indonesian police handed over evidence to prosecutors Wednesday for the case against a suspect accused of masterminding the October bombings on Bali that killed more than 200 people from 21 countries. In the 1,501-page dossier given to prosecutors on the Indonesian island, police charged Imam Samudra, also known as Abdul Azis, of plotting and carrying out premeditated terror acts causing mass casualties. The file was based on the testimony of 112 witnesses, evidence and re-enactment of the crime, a police spokesman told reporters. Police say Samudra, 35, was the “field commander” and the person most responsible for the Oct. 12, 2002, bombings that ripped through two nightspots in Bali’s famous tourist area of Kuta. “Samudra was the mastermind and executed the Bali bombings. He is the planner and the field coordinator of the blasts, and chaired a series of meetings to plan the bombing attack,” said Bali police spokesman Yatim Suyatmo. “He (Samudra) faces the death penalty.” On Tuesday, police announced a new death toll in the Bali bombings at 202, mostly Australians tourists. Along with Samudra’s file, investigators also submitted the dossiers of four other suspects — Abdul Rauf, Junaedi, Andri Octavia and Andi Hidayat. They face up to 15 years in prison. Full Story

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