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Bali bombmaker Umar Patek makes shocking claim in Indonesian prison interview

Bali bombmaker Umar Patek has been filmed laughing and smiling in a promotional Indonesian prison video claiming he tried to convince his co-conspirators to call off the deadly attacks.

Patek — real name Hisyam bin Ali Zein — was filmed in a video interview posted on Porong Prison’s YouTube account that showed him talking with the prison governor as the pair walked around the jail grounds smiling and laughing.

The convicted bombmaker is shown discussing his role in the 2002 attacks that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, in two Bali nightclubs.

Patek claimed he disagreed with the terror plot but went along with it because the plan was too advanced.

Patek claimed he disagreed with the terror plot but went along with it because the plan was too advanced.
Camera IconPatek claimed he disagreed with the terror plot but went along with it because the plan was too advanced. Credit: Lapassurabaya/youtube/youtube

“My mistake was to be involved with the Bali bombing,” he said

“When I know that all intentions were to execute the bomb, I stated I didn’t want to do that.

“Everything was ready, the bomb was about 950 kilos. Ready.”

The governor introduced Patek before they discuss how he’s put his life back together, including the friendships he’s made behind bars.

Who gets to take so many lives away and just because they’ve been well behaved gets such a reduced sentence and go back out to the community.

Throughout the 20-minute video, he is painted as a poster boy for prison reform.

“Today we are going to talk to him about, who exactly is Umar Patek? Many do not know. Maybe there are a lot of ladies out there who want to know?”

“I spend a lot of my time in the mosque with my friends. I also help out at a small shop,” Patek said.

“So that’s his experience in this prison, that’s led him to who he is today,” the governor said.

Perth mother of twin daughters killed in the attacks, June Corteen, made desperate pleas for Patak to never be released.

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