Oct 13 2011
Bali Bombing suspect seen on Indonesian TV joking with officials as he re-enacted his escape from the country after the bombing in 2002
October 12th is the ninth anniversary of the Bali bombings and the appearance of the video has sparked many sad and bitter memories. Muslim terrorist Umar Patek, who fled Indonesia soon after the attacks, was arrested in Pakistan, in the same town where Osama Bin Laden was found and killed.
ABC The video shows a bearded Umar Patek wearing a large white skull cap and an orange jump suit as he re-enacts entering Jakarta airport.
Indonesian police often ask cooperating suspects to re-enact their crimes and Umar Patek can be seen sharing the odd joke with officials and grinning at the cameras.
Coinciding with the anniversary of the bombings it’s a bizarre sight. For a survivor of the bombings, Phil Britten, the video brings back memories of previous trials when the likes of Amrozi mugged for the cameras. Says Britten, “I think that’s been quite similar with the Smiling Assassin – the grinning, the non-remorse that people show just shows that lack of care for humanity, I believe.”
Phil Britten lost seven of his football team mates in the attack on the Sari Club. His struggle to recover from his own horrible burns was followed by many Australians.