- (AAP) -- Accused Bali bomber Amrozi suggested that last
October's deadly blast may have been the result of a nuclear explosion.
- In an extraordinary opening to his defence on charges
of carrying out the terrorist bombing, Amrozi admitted buying explosive
chemicals and a vehicle, but told the court his bomb would not have been
powerful enough to cause such damage.
- Amrozi, the so-called "smiling assassin" who
enraged Westerners with his casual demeanour after his arrest, suggested
it may have been a nuclear device set off after tracking by American or
- "Up to now I still have doubts that kind of explosion
with that many victims was caused by the car I sent," he told the
- "I wouldn't blame people who said it was some kind
of nuclear bomb."
- He said the US and Israel had satellite devices that
could have tracked the car bomb and detonated an explosion as the car drove
down Legian Street in Kuta's nightclub strip.
- Some 202 people, including 88 Australians, died in the
blast on October 12 last year.
- During a 22-minute address to the court Amrozi claimed
he had been forced into providing evidence to investigators that he now
denied, including attending four planning meetings before the attack.
- But he did admit to buying the chemicals and the vehicle.
- Amrozi said the attack had some positive effects, including
disrupting a Jewish plan to empty places of worship.
- If this plan went ahead Jews and their allies could easily
conquer the world, he said.
- He said the economic devastation for tourism meant that
the Bali people would not become "slaves of foreigners".
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