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Trials to Begin in Bali Bombing

Seven months after more than 200 people were killed in the bombings of two nightclubs here in Bali, a smiling man who says he was “delighted” at the carnage went on trial today on terrorism charges. Amrozi, a 40-year-old mechanic linked to an Islamic militant group, is the first of more than 30 people who are to be tried for an act of violence that sounded an alarm for Indonesians that there were terrorists among them. The bombings, which killed mostly young foreign tourists, spurred the government to begin taking a harder line against Islamic militants and began a shift in public attitudes away from support of the militants’ positions. The police say that Mr. Amrozi has admitted to buying explosives, attending planning meetings and driving to Bali the minibus that was used in the bombing. He faces a possible death sentence under the country’s new antiterrorism law. Full Story

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