The 2002 Bali bombings was the biggest al-Qaeda linked attack since the September 11 strikes in America. Most of the victims were foreigners – 88 of them from Australia. Within a year trials of suspects were underway. Armozi bin Nurhasyim was the first to go before the judges in Jakarta Police claimed he was a member of the Jemaah Islamiah militant group linked to al Qaeda.
He was found guilty of planning and carrying out the attacks. Armozi was to be dubbed the ‘smiling bomber’ because of his defiant demeanour in court. Two others received similar sentences while around 30 others were given jail terms of varying lengths. Bali had been a haven for foreign tourists tourists who never suspected it could become a target for Islamic extremists. These latest bombings would appear to a be disturbing reminder that it is.