Bali bombings survivors furious about Bashir release

Bali bombings survivors furious about Bashir release

Bali bombings survivors furious about Abu Bakar Bashir earlier release from an Indonesian prison on Friday January 8 th 2021 Bashir was the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiah – the terror group behind the 2002 bombings that killed 202 people including 88 Australians. He was initially jailed over the terror attack, but his conviction was quashed on appeal.


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Bali bombings survivors furious about Bashir release

Abu Bakar Bashir, an Islamic cleric and alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings, waves as he arrives at Al Mukmin boarding school Ngruki, upon his release after he was jailed for 15 years, in Sukoharjo near Solo, Central Java province, Indonesia, January 8, 2021. Mohammad Ayudha/Antara .

Andrew Csabi, a survivor of the bombings, says he was handed a life sentence when he walked into the Sari Club in Bali 18 years ago.
Now a double amputee, Mr Csabi says he is grief-stricken and furious at Bashir’s release.
“Eighteen years doesn’t make much of a difference when you witness mass murder and what I went through,” he told SBS News. “Obviously your daily challenges, having lost a leg above the knee and half a foot in a terrorist bombing.“I really don’t believe he has changed his ways,” Mr Csabi said of Bashir. “I don’t believe he’s repented, taken responsibility or apologised for his involvement in it.”

Mr Csabi was metres away from the catastrophic bomb that took his leg and half the other foot. He lay in the rubble for hours before he was found and came about as close to death as a person can and get to tell the tale.

Bali bombings survivors furious about Bashir release

Survivor Andrew Csabi , photo

Under the cover of darkness and surrounded by local authorities, Bashir walked out of the Gunung Sindur detention centre a free man on Friday.Dressed in his trademark white coat and wearing a face mask, the 82 year old stopped for photos with prison officials.

Bali bombings survivors furious about Bashir release

Suspected Bali bombings orchestrator Abu Bakar Bashir released from Indonesian prison

He even made a statement thanking people for their support before heading home. The door swung open and the van drove out. Bashir has been behind bars since 2011 for sponsoring a terrorist camp. His 15-year sentence was reduced periodically for good behaviour, leading to his early release.

Bali bombings survivors furious about Bashir release

The Bali Bombing Memorial, Ground Zero was built in the memory of terror attack that took place on 12th October, 2002 in Bali. It is considered as the deadliest terror attack in the history of Bali. The simple yet elegant architecture is made from carved stones and has a huge marble plaque with names as well nationalities of those who were killed in the attack.

Bali bombings survivors furious

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