Bali bomb verdict due

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AN Indonesian court was expected to issue a verdict today in the case of a terror suspect accused of helping to build the car bomb used in the Bali attack.

Sentencing was also expected to be carried out as prosecutors push for a life sentence for Umar Patek, 45, who they claim is a leading member of the al-Qaida-linked network Jemaah Islamiyah.

He is accused of illegal weapons possession, concealing terrorist acts, immigration violations and premeditated murder in the nightclub bombings on the resort island in 2002.

Wearsider Clive Walton, who lived in Hong Kong, was among the 202 victims, who were mainly tourists.

The 33-year-old regional marketing manager for delivery firm DHL was captaining rugby team the Vandals. The team was in the country to compete in the Bali-10s tournament.

The team was believed to be in the bar when the bomb, which was packed into an off-roader, exploded.

The expat was the son of former Sunderland councillors Jack and Lilian Walton, of Roker.

Father-of-one Ian Findley, of West Pelton, Chester-le-Street, was also killed.

More than 25 Britons died in the two blasts which came within seconds of each other, and without warning, outside the Sari nightclub in Katu.

Patek says he was a minor player and should not get a life term.

A five-member judge panel at the West Jakarta District Court will issue the verdict.

On the fourth anniversary of the attack, a permanent memorial to the victims – a marble globe with 202 carved doves – was unveiled at Clive Steps opposite St James’s Park.

Three men were executed in 2008 for playing key roles in the attacks and two others have been killed in raids.

Mr Patek, whose trial began in February, was arrested in January 2011 in Abbottabad, the Pakistani town where Osama Bin Laden was later killed.