RealNews

Alleged Mastermind Denies Bali Bombings

The alleged mastermind of last year’s deadly Bali bombings testified Monday that he is not afraid of a death sentence but denied involvement in the blasts. Imam Samudra, a 33-year-old textile merchant, declared his innocence when he read out a formal defense plea in the Oct. 12 blasts that killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. “I am not afraid of being sentenced to death because what I have done so far has put me on the road to Allah, and is in line with the teachings of Islam,” he said. Prosecutors said Samudra — who could also be executed if convicted — was the mastermind behind the plot, and recruited and trained the bombers. About three dozen men, all accused of being members of the Jemaah Islamiyah terror group, have been arrested in the Bali bombings. The group is linked to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terror network. Samudra acknowledged he had surveyed several locations in Bali with another key suspect, Ali Imron. Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.