Suspect Calls Bali Blasts U.S. 'Payback'
Last year’s bombings of two packed nightclubs on Indonesia’s Bali island were carried out to avenge Muslims harmed by U.S. policies in the Middle East and Afghanistan, a key suspect told a court Wednesday. “We did it out of sympathy for oppressed Muslims,” said Ali Imron, one of nearly three dozen people arrested since the Oct. 12 attacks that killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. Imron, the only suspect who has publicly expressed regret over the bombings, was testifying in the trial of an alleged accomplice, Hutomo Pamungkas, who is charged with helping attackers escape after setting off the blasts. Jemaah Islamiyah, a regional terrorist network affiliated with al-Qaida, has been blamed for the Bali attacks and the bombing last week of the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta. Twelve people were killed in the Marriott attack. Full Story