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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 September, 2004, 11:25 GMT 12:25 UK
Bali bomber writes autobiography
Bali bomber Imam Samudra looks out of his cell at a prison, Tuesday 17 2004
Imam Samudra has shown no signs of remorse
A man sentenced to death for the Bali bombings has published an autobiography justifying his role in the attacks.

Imam Samudra wrote the book after being found guilty of taking part in the 2002 bombings, according to his publisher.

Only a few copies of the book, entitled I Fight Terrorists, are now available, but more are to be released soon.

The book explains "Samudra's reasoning behind the Bali bomb operations [and] why he deemed such actions necessary," his publisher, Bambang Sukirno, said.

It is also said to contain a description of Samudra's time as a 20-year-old Islamic militant fighting in Afghanistan, as well as details of how he met his wife.

Samudra, who is known to have expertise in computer technology, has also written a chapter on computers, entitled Hacking: Why not?

The Indo Pos newspaper carried a picture of Samudra's autobiography in its Tuesday edition.

The book's cover features Samudra in a white Muslim cap, pointing his finger in warning against a backdrop of flames.

The Indo Pos quoted Samudra as saying the book was written using paper and ink.

"What is quite important and meaningful for me, is that the original script was halal [acceptable under Islamic law] as it was written using ink and paper given by the Muslim defence lawyers' team and not ink and paper from the police or the state," he is quoted as saying.

Any royalties from the book are said to be going to an undisclosed charity.

Publishing company Jazeera has produced an initial print run of 5,000 copies of Samudra's book.

According to French news agency AFP, the book is already on sale in the city of Solo and will shortly be available elsewhere in Indonesia.

Unrepentant

Samudra, who was captured a month after the Bali blasts, was found guilty of plotting, organising and carrying out the Bali attacks.

He was sentenced to death in September 2003, but no date has so far been set for his execution and he has launched an appeal against the sentence.

Throughout his trial, Samudra remained unrepentant and repeatedly denounced the United States and Australia.

He said the Bali bomb attacks were justified, and he did not regret the deaths of foreigners in the blasts.




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