AFP is taking registrations of interest from Australian survivors and bereaved families (NoK) of the 2002 Bali Bombing and 2003 JW Marriott Jakarta Bombing victims.
The Registration of Interest process will allow affected Australians to receive information about the proceedings of the United States Military Court for the trial of Riduan Isomudin Hambali and his two co-defendants. their participation in these bombings.
In the recent commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 2002 Bali Bombings, AFP has identified the survivors and the bereaved families of the Indonesian terrorists who have individual requests for access to the stories. recognition from authorities.
Hambali, also known as Encep Nurjman, was said to be the architect of both bombs, and was arrested in Thailand by Thai and US authorities in 2003.
Hambali and his two accomplices were charged in a Guantanamo Bay courtroom on August 31, 2021. Due to the complexity of this international terrorism case, it is difficult to predict the date of the trial, but it is expected to continue in 2023 and 2024.
The US Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Military Commissions has advised AFP that Australians and NOK survivors can attend the trial at Guantanamo Bay, or watch the proceedings broadcast from a dedicated US location.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism Sandra Booth said today that the AFP has understood over the years that the expectations and needs of survivors and families affected by the loss of loved ones may change over time. time
“We want to give survivors and family members the opportunity to update their personal information now to show their relationship with the victim and to better understand the person’s ongoing needs.” it’s about continuous innovation,” said AC Booth.
“The terrorist attacks in Bali in October 2002 killed 88 Australians and changed the lives of thousands of others. The JW Marriott Hotel bombings in 2003 killed many international people and injured many others, and continued to raise fears of repeated attacks. The AFP continues to support victims and survivors through the US Military Tribunal holding the main perpetrators.
“However, the AFP acknowledges the recent acts of remembrance and the ongoing US Military Tribunal may cause stress or strong emotions for many people. We will continue to support survivors and family members according to their own needs and different needs now, and this registration process allows them to choose,” he said.
The US Victim/Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) within the Office of Military Commissions will provide support to facilitate this from within the United States.
The FBI also wants to bring forward some Australian witnesses (the NOK of Victims is right and sorry) to testify before the Tribunal.
Affected Australians can register their interest in receiving information from the US DoD and VWAP through an opt-in process through the AFP website.
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