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Bali Blasts Part of Plan for War on U.S.-Prosecutor

A 33-year-old computer expert went on trial for his life on Monday accused of masterminding the deadly Bali bomb attacks that prosecutors say were part of a plan to wage war on the United States. Imam Samudra was charged with plotting, organizing and carrying out crimes of terror and causing mass casualties in the bombings last October 12. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of death. Wearing a white Muslim cap and shirt, Samudra greeted the panel of judges in Arabic and then abruptly shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) at his lawyers and waved at them. Prosecutor I Nyoman Dila read the 43-page indictment as Samudra sat in a swivel chair at the center of the makeshift court in Denpasar, capital of the resort island. Dila said Samudra chaired several planning meetings leading up to the nightclub attacks which killed more than 200 people, including 89 Australians. “The defendant said there would be a big project to wage war against the United States and in the meeting several bombing targets in Bali were plotted,” Dila said, reading from the indictment. Full Story

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