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Bali Bombing Case Opens With Morning-Long Indictment

It took a team of prosecutors all morning today to read out the 33-page indictment of the first man to go on trial for the bombing of two Bali nightclubs last year that killed more than 200 people. The defendant, a 40-year-old mechanic named Amrozi, sat alone in the middle of the courtroom, wearing a loose white shirt and rubber sandals and jiggling his knees. Together with other plotters, the indictment said, Mr. Amrozi “talked about the Muslim obligation toward other Muslims who have been repressed and slaughtered by the United States and its allies in Afghanistan, Palestine, Kashmir and Iraq.” It accused him of buying more than a ton of explosives and delivering to Bali a minivan that was used in the bombing. He faces a possible death penalty on four counts of terrorism. Prosecutors say more than 30 other men will also go on trial here in Bali, seven months after the Oct. 12 explosions, which killed mostly young Western partygoers. Mr. Amrozi’s case was adjourned for a week today to allow his lawyers time to complete their rebuttal. Full Story

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