Workers: Suspect bought tonnes of chemical


DENPASAR: One of the main suspects in the Bali bombing bought tonnes of a bomb-making chemical shortly before the attack that killed 202 people, two shop workers testified yesterday. 

Supomo, 35, and Muhammad Fauzi, 27, workers at a chemical shop in Surabaya, East Java, told the trial of key suspect Amrozi they recalled the defendant buying potassium chlorate and other chemicals prior to the October 2002 blast. 

Supomo, who helped carry the chemicals from the shop to a waiting truck, said that Amrozi made three separate purchases of potassium chlorate, a strong oxidising agent used in making explosives, the last in September. 

Muhammad said he saw Amrozi buy the chemical and witnessed the shopowner handing over a receipt for the purchase. 

The court also heard accounts from four witnesses linked to a room rented by another key suspect Joni Hendrawan, allegedly to prepare the bombs. 

Only one of the witnesses, a woman who rented a room in the same block, claimed to have seen and talked to Amrozi in the building. 

Village mechanic Amrozi, 40, is accused of attending several planning sessions for the bombings, buying a tonne of explosive material and a van to be used in the blast, and sending or taking them to Bali. 

If convicted, he faces a possible death sentence under anti-terrorist laws. 

The trial will resume on Monday to hear more witness accounts. 

Bali police spokesman Yatim Suyatmo said 23 suspects in the bombing case were being moved from police detention facilities to the Denpasar state jail in Kerobokan area on Thursday. – AFP  

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