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    Default Umar Patek 'Demolition Man'

    The arrest of this suspect was noted IIRC here, mainly due to the location:
    ..the 2002 Bali bombings that killed some 202 people. Captured just over a year ago in Abbotabad....
    Now Raffaello Pantucci in an ICSR article sets out to:
    ...a figure within a terrorist network and use him as a case study for examination of different roles such individuals can play.

    Some nice twists are presented, notably was Patek visiting OBL?

    Other sources: the BBC on the trial opening: and the SWC thread 'Mainly terrorism in Indonesia: catch all':
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    Default Inspiration or romantic visit?

    Hat tip to Circling The Lion's Den, for this passage from the Abbottabad Commission report:
    With regard to the capture of the Bali bomber Umar Patek in Abbottabad reportedly in January 2011, it was very likely that his al-Qaeda support network had contact with the al-Qaeda network of support for OBL. The local ISI did not probe this possibility although it had been tracking al-Qaeda in the area for at least two years. During this time it did not solicit the cooperation of the civil administration including the police. The interrogation of the Umar Patek network members should have turned up actionable information. What had brought Umar Patek to Abbottabad? Had he come to meet OBL as his Indonesian interrogators later claimed? ....It seems the ISI never developed any real intelligence on what Umar Patek had come to Abbottabad for beyond the romantic story of going to Afghanistan to seek martyrdom. Moreover, Abbottabad does not lie on the usual routes to Afghanistan....It would seem very likely that Patek, despite his denial, had come to seek instructions or inspiration from OBL.

    Note there is a thread on the commission at:
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