According to a BBC reporton October 11, 2012, in a hotel room located in southern Thailand ten months prior to the attempted bombing in Bali that took place in October 2002, the seeds of the plot were probably planted.
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Riduan Isamuddin, also known as Hambali, is believed to have ordered a new strategy of hitting soft targets, such as nightclubs and bars, rather than high-profile sites like foreign embassies at a meeting of operatives from the South East Asian militant network Jemaah Islamiah (JI). This meeting is believed to have taken place in secret.
However, it was not until August 2002 that it was decided that Bali would be the location of the attack.
Although Indonesia asserts that Umar Patek has been deradicalized, his release from prison has infuriated many people, notably in Australia, which was home to 88 of the victims.
The explosions that took place on October 12 of that year claimed the lives of about 202 people from 21 different countries. It is still the deadliest terrorist strike in Indonesian history.
Patek was on the run for almost a decade after he was accused of working as a bombmaker for Jemaah Islamiah (JI), an organization that was influenced by al-Qaeda. JI is located in Indonesia.
In point of fact, more Australians and Indonesians were killed than United States citizens, which has led to the hypothesis that the conspirators were either poorly informed or were misled by other individuals.
In 2012, he began serving a prison sentence of 20 years, which was just slightly more than half of his original sentence.
Indonesian authorities claim he no longer poses a threat and is eligible for parole after a series of sentence reductions for good behavior. Jan Laczynski, an Australian who lost five friends in the bombings, said he was among many stunned and upset.
This individual regains control of his life. According to what he said on Thursday to the BBC:
This guy gets his life back again. For a lot of us, we'll never get our lives back again. It's appalling. It's dreadful. It's wrong.- Jan Laczynski
He characterized it as "another kick in the guts" after last year's release of Abu Bakar Ba'asyir - the putative mastermind of the assaults - who had served a sentence unconnected to the bombs.
Fear has been created as a result of the decision, according to Mr. Csabi, who is also from Australia.
You like to feel safe - we all do - and now I don't feel as safe as I was. If they've still got views of hatred, then there is a great possibility that they could incite another bombing.- Mr. Csabi
According to Mr. Laczynski, very few survivors have faith in the claims that Patek has changed his ways.
I've seen him in jail, I've seen him close up. He didn't seem deradicalized to me.... I don't buy that at all.- Mr. Laczynski
The Australian government fought against Patek's release and has stated that it will press Indonesian authorities to promise continual surveillance of him if he is allowed to go free.
Umar Patek was seen being released from jail with other persons accompanying him
According to statements made by Minister Chris Bowen on Thursday, the Australian people had "every right to be disappointed and concerned by this news."
The time of Patek's release is one of the most troubling aspects of the issue, according to both Mr. Csabi and Mr. Laczynski, who agree with this assessment. There are just a few weeks left until the 20th anniversary of the bombing, and there are only a few days left until Christmas. Both of these events will take place very soon.
Patek is required to take part in a "mentoring program" until April 2030, according to a statement that was distributed by the Indonesian ministry of law and human rights. The statement also stated that Patek's parole would be revoked if any violation of the conditions of his release was found to have occurred.