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Extradition of Bali Bomber Expected Soon

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Candi kurung of Pura Dalem, Bali

Candi kurung of Pura Dalem temple in Sidan, Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Horst Emscher.

Indonesia’s foreign minister said Friday the extradition from Pakistan of Umar Patek, an alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings, will happen soon. Patek is a suspected member of the al-Qaida-linked Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah and was arrested in January in the Pakistani town where Osama bin Laden was hiding before he was killed in May.

Speaking to a group of journalists Friday, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said authorities are trying to keep Umar Patek’s expected handover low key and are not providing a specific timetable.

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