Indonesia releases on parole Bali bomb maker Umar Patek: Statement

Indonesian militant Umar Patek walks after reading his final defence at the West Jakarta court, on May 31, 2012.
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      JAKARTA - Indonesia has released on parole Umar Patek, a bomb maker in deadly 2002 Bali attacks, the ministry of law and human rights said on Wednesday (Dec 7).

      Patek, a member of the Al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah, was jailed for 20 years in 2012 after he was found guilty of mixing bombs that ripped through two Bali nightclubs, killing 202 people, including 88 Australians.

      After his release on Wednesday, Patek is required to join a "mentoring program" until April 2030, according to the ministry statement. If any violation is discovered during that time, his parole will be revoked, the ministry added.

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      In August, Indonesia's government said that Patek was eligible for parole after his sentence was reduced, a decision that sparked criticism from the victims' families.

      Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also criticised the announcement at the time, saying he planned to raise the issue with Indonesia.

      Patek, who was also convicted for his role in deadly church bombings in 2000, was granted a series of small reductions to his sentence as part of remissions regularly given to inmates to mark Indonesia's Aug 17 independence day.