Video emerges of Bali bomb maker and his wife ahead of early release
A video has emerged of the Bali bomb maker and his wife talking about the future ahead of his early release and the anniversary of the devastating terrorist attack.
Umar Patek was convicted of assembling the explosives that ripped through Bali’s Sari Club and Paddy’s Irish Bar, killing 202 people including 88 Australians, in 2002.
It took until 2012 for the man dubbed “demolition man” to be tracked down, arrested and sentenced to 20 years behind bars.
He is now due to walk free from Porong prison within days after being granted an early release as part of Indonesia’s Independence Day. Patek has only served half his sentence.
The video shows Patek and his Phillipino wife flirting and laughing with each other at Porong prison and in between jokes she declares he was a “romantic husband” who was “patient and loving”.
It also details what Patek likes to eat, including eggs, Pakistani curries and drinks.
It also shows the pair talking about their future once he is released.
Patek says although they don’t have any children yet they want to start a family.
His wife says she’s already planning a holiday and Bali is on their list.
This latest video follows an early interview which was quickly removed from YouTube in which Patek admits it was a mistake to play a role in the bombings.
The Australian Government lodged an official protest over the video claiming it was deeply hurtful to the victims.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described Patek as “abhorrent” and said his early release will cause further distress to Australians who were directly affected by the Bali bombings.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bali bombings.