10 Feb 2010

Jakarta hotel bombings right in eyes of Allah - accused

10:22 pm on 10 February 2010

One of the men on trial for his alleged role in the terrorist attacks on two luxury hotels in Indonesia says the attack was right in the eyes of Allah.

Nine people, including New Zealander Tim MacKay, were killed in the attack on the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels in Jakarta in July 2008.

Amir Abdullah is the first of the accused terrorists to face trial over the bombings on 17 July, the ABC reports.

He was allegedly the driver for Noordin Mohammed Top, the self-styled leader for al Qaeda in southeast Asia who was killed by Indonesia's anti-terrorist squad last year.

Police say Amir Abdullah booked the Marriott hotel room that the bombers used as their base and also allegedly transported explosives.

Before facing court on Wednesday, the 34-year-old told reporters that the bombing was wrong under Indonesian law, but right according to Allah.

He faces five charges linked to the attack and could be sentenced to death if found guilty.