Osama pays 30,000 USD for Bali bombing
Osama bin Laden gave 30,000 U.S. dollar to terrorists for Bali bombing in 2002 that killed 202 holidaymakers in two nightclubs, a convicted terrorist said on Monday, Xinhua reported.
"The money came from Osama," Mohammad Ihsan, who is more commonly known as Idris, told the West Jakarta District Court during the trial of Umar Patek, one of an alleged mastermind of the Bali bombing.
The funds were used to purchase the Mitsubishi L300 minibus that was used to deliver the bombs, two motorcycles, bomb-making materials and for living expenses accrued while plotting the attacks on Paddy's Pub and Sari Club in the tourist district of Legian, Kuta.
The deadly Oct. 2, 2002 attacks killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians. It is still considered the worst terrorist attack in Indonesian history.
According to Idris, the group was well funded,the Jakarta globe reported.. "There were actually other funds, but I don't know where they came from," Idris said.
Idris was released from prison in January of 2009 after serving time for his role in the terrorist attacks. He is a witness in the ongoing trial of Umar, a former head of the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah. Umar is facing the death penalty for his role as the mastermind of the 2002 attacks.
Three others convicted of carrying out the twin attacks, Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron, were executed by a firing squad in 2008.