Saturday, September 30, 2006

Bali bombers wait to launch their appeals

(AAP) Lawyers for three Islamic militants behind the 2002 Bali terrorist blasts say they will wait until after the emotive anniversaries of the attacks to lodge last-ditch appeals against their execution.
Sunday is the first anniversary of the most recent Bali terrorist attack in 2005, when 20 innocent people were killed in three suicide bombings in restaurants in the tourist areas of Kuta and Jimbaran Bay.

Four Australians - Newcastle residents Colin and Fiona Zwolinski, Jennifer Williamson and West Australian Brendan Fitzgerald - were killed, and a further 17 Australians injured.

Dozens of Australians have travelled to Bali to attend a special, tightly-guarded memorial service, where relatives and friends of the victims will lay wreaths in memory of their loved ones.

A second memorial service will also be held on October 12, the fourth anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombings in Kuta, which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.

Imam Samudra, 36, Amrozi bin Nurhasyim, 43, and Ali Ghufron, alias Mukhlas, 46, have been on death row for more than two years after courts convicted them of playing leading roles in the October 2002 Bali nightclub bombings.

Their execution - originally set down for July - was delayed after their lawyers said they planned to lodge a last-ditch appeal, a judicial review, in the Indonesian Supreme Court. However, the legal team is yet to lodge the appeal, with no deadline set under Indonesian law.
Their lawyer, Qadhar Faisal, said the review documents had been finalised, but the appeal would not be lodged for at least two weeks, after the upcoming anniversaries. "We are not rushing here, we have plenty of time as is stated in the law," Faisal told AAP. "And we are also trying to look to the sentiment in Bali. "We are not that stupid to lodge the appeal, for example, on the first of October - that could make Balinese people angry."

The appeal will challenge the use of a retroactive law to execute the three men.

He said any speculation the legal team was attempting to delay the legal process was "absolutely not true". "We just don't want the state to execute someone who doesn't deserve to be executed (under a retroactive law)," Faisal said. "Our client is not afraid to die."

The Bali Crisis Centre, an organisation which counsels trauma victims, said the anniversaries would be a difficult time for the victims and their families, many of whom were still recovering. "Thirty-five per cent of the victims who have been counselled by us are still not coping well," centre coordinator Jean Marie Lumy said. "I think, personally, we don't have to exaggerate the commemoration. "It has a good side of it ... to appreciate the innocent victims who died in a bad way. "But it's not a celebration because it will definitely create fresh wounds. They are still recovering from their previous pain."

And now Amrozi is still whining that execution by firing squad is too painful a death and wants lethal injection or the electric chair instead for a faster death.

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