By Michael Shari
Few in this region expected swift justice when terrorist bombs killed 202 people along a popular strip of bars and nightclubs on the Indonesian island of Bali October 12, 2002. The government of President Megawati Sukarnoputri -- then a year in office and still feeling its way -- showed no desire to offend powerful Islamic clerics, who rejected evidence that the bombings might have been the work of a local al Qaeda network. Even Indonesia's national police force initially claimed it found "no evidence" to act against Indonesian militants.
Yet, 29 men alleged to be the Bali bombing terrorists were arrested within weeks of the incident. They've been on trial in a Bali court since May 12, and their testimony has led to a massive crackdown on Jemaah Islamiyah, an Islamic extremist group identified by Western intelligence as the Southeast Asia wing of al Qaeda.
BY THE BOOK. The "Bali 29," as they