"Laughing bomber" faces trial over Bali blasts amid security clampdown
An Indonesian village mechanic goes on trial Monday, accused of mounting a deadly terror attack against Western holidaymakers in Bali in revenge for oppression of Muslims worldwide.
Amrozi will be the first suspect to face trial over the bombings last October 12, which killed 202 people from 21 countries in what was the worst terror attack since the September 11, 2001, strikes in the US. Police say the blasts on the holiday island were part of a campaign against Western targets by the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terror network, which is thought linked to al-Qaeda. Outraged Australian media dubbed Amrozi the “laughing bomber” when he was filmed giggling and joking during an interview last November with Indonesian police chief Da’i Bachtiar. Police have said his motive in the bombing of two nightspots was to kill as many Americans as possible because of what he saw as US oppression of Muslims worldwide. Full Story