Australia PM: Bali bomber parole to have 'devastating impact'

STORY: Umar Patek was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2012 after he was found guilty of mixing the 1,543 lb bomb that ripped through two Bali nightclubs a decade earlier, killing 202 people, including 88 Australians.

"Well, can I say that this will have a devastating impact on the families. They are going through a trauma in memory of their lost loved ones. We lost 88 Australians in that terrorist attack and it was a barbaric attack," Anthony Albanese said to reporters in Queensland.

A member of the militant group Jemaah Islamiah, Patek was also jailed for his role in the bombings of several Jakarta churches on Christmas Eve in 2000 that killed at least 15 people.

After more than a decade in prison Patek was granted a five-month reduction to his sentence as part of a series of remissions granted to inmates on Indonesia's Independence Day on Aug 17.

This means Patek could be free on parole later this month. Indonesian justice ministry officials did not respond to questions about his release.