Authors: Carmen Cox
(JAKARTA) -- Authorities extradited one of Asia's most notorious terrorists Thursday from Pakistan to Indonesia. Umar Patek, who was captured in January in Abbottabad, Pakistan -- the same town where Osama bin Laden was killed -- is thought to be responsible for various bombings in Indonesia, which include the bombing of a church on Christmas Eve in 2000 as well as the 2002 attacks that killed 202 in Bali.
Like bin Laden, the international hunt for Patek, a high-ranking member of the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network, lasted a decade before his capture.
Officials say that although Patek has already confessed in Pakistan to making the bombs used in the Bali and church bombings, the attacks' occurrence before 2003 could pose problems for Indonesian authorities who wish to prosecute him under a recent anti-terrorism law.
An Indonesian police spokesperson indicated Patek could be charged for premeditated murder under the country's criminal code, according to The New York Times.
Whatever the charges, anti-terror authorities are eager to find out more about the interconnections among Southeast Asian Islamist militants and other groups, including al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Is is unclear why Patek was in Pakistan at the time of his arrest.
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