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Key Bali suspect denies he was mastermind, says Amrozi suggested target

Key Bali bomb suspect Imam Samudra, in surprise testimony, denied he masterminded the deadly blasts and said fellow suspect Amrozi was the first to suggest they attack the resort island. But Samudra confirmed that Westerners were the target of the two nightspot blasts that killed 202 people from 21 countries, and expressed no remorse. “I knew that in the Sari club they are all bules (white people)… from America and their allies,” he said, giving evidence in Amrozi’s trial. A relaxed Samudra, who is on trial separately, said that “Bali was (decided) only after Amrozi told us about it. “I myself was planning to bomb the US embassy or the US consulate and did not think about Bali at all,” he said. Samudra also denied he was involved in field operations. “I left the matter to Amrozi because he knows Indonesia better … he is my senior,” he added. Amrozi disputed Samudra’s testimony, which differs markedly from past accounts of the conspiracy. Full Story

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