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Bali bombing survivor talks about meeting terrorist before ten-year anniversary

Posted by: Ellen Feely | 10 October, 2012 - 3:26 PM
Andrew Csabi shakes the hand of Bali Bomber, Nazir Abbas, the man whose terrorism killed his friends and took his leg. (Photo: Seven Network)

Andrew Csabi shakes the hand of Bali Bomber, Nazir Abbas. (Photo: Seven Network)

As the ten year anniversary of the Bali Bombings approaches, Denis Walter spoke with survivor Andrew Csabi two weeks ago faced the terrorist who took away not only his leg but two of his friends.

Speaking with Denis Walter, Andrew said he agreed to meet with Nasir Abbas for Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program because he felt it was his duty.

"I just thought, that's my job, that's what I'm here for, that's what I survived in the Sari Club for: an opportunity to ask on behalf of all of Australians,” he said.

”We demand an answer - why did you target us specifically?"

Andrew said the jury was still out on the sincerity of his remorse, but he had forgiven the man who had trained Amrozi and his co-conspirators in Afghanistan to blow up the Sari Club and Paddy’s Bar on October 12, 2002.

"I can maybe forgive and but I can't forget, I can never forget,” he told Denis Walter.

"They're always saying sorry after they get caught."

Andrew said while the time around the anniversary of the bombings was always a trying time of year, it made realise how far he had come in now being able to walk around on a prosthetic leg after previously being confined to a wheelchair.

"I've got so much more stamina and strength. I'm older (and) wiser,” he said.

Andrew said he had marked most anniversaries of the bombing by flying to Bali, and still went there to holiday, but said now it was time to explore other areas.

Andrew has released a book called Bom Bali: Life after Death.

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  • What is this bastard doing roaming the streets in the first place - shouldn't he be behind bars or even dead by now through the death penalty. Oh I forgot we only threaten the death penalty with drug traffickers. No way would I forgive this piece of scum.

    Joybells Friday 12 October, 2012 - 4:56 PM
  • Another gripe this evil weed was the mastermind behind the Bali bombings he was part of al Qaedas regional affiliate he trained men to kill what the hell is the stupid media on the Sunday Night programme giving him the time of day it makes me sick what goes on in this country it is so wrong in so many ways.

    mandy Thursday 11 October, 2012 - 9:37 PM
  • I believe it took a big man to meet the man responsible, but dammed if I would ever shake that bastards hand. I would rather use that hand and pummel him until he was unrecognisable.
    If was acting on behalf of Aussies involved, I am not convinced they would want that man's hand shook.

    adam Thursday 11 October, 2012 - 4:09 PM
  • That's what you call a real smiling assassin that evil creature is faking it and overstepped the line shaking that poor vulnerable mans hand what a shame that's one moment I wished I had never witnessed.

    poptart Wednesday 10 October, 2012 - 8:16 PM
  • I saw this imposter on TV and I am very annoyed that Andrew has forgiven him we should maintain the rage that evil mongrel should be behind bars.

    mandy Wednesday 10 October, 2012 - 4:36 PM
  • No way would I forgive this bastard nor any of his co-conspirators. They are absolute animals and do not deserve forgiveness in any way, shape or form and should have received life sentences with no release.

    GIW Wednesday 10 October, 2012 - 3:56 PM

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