Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Bali bombers want "halal" execution

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) KH Ma`ruf Amin has said that capital punishment exists in Islam, but it did not specify the methods of execution like decapitation or any other forms. "In the olden days, the people only recognized decapitation in an execution, not only in Saudi Arabia but in other countries as well. They did not recognize execution by firing squad," Ma`ruf said here Tuesday. Thus, MUI would leave the way of execution of Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Muklas to the government. The three death-row convicts were found guilty of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings. Islam only recommended the way of execution which causes the least suffering or pain, he said, adding that experts on the matter should be asked about the ways of execution which gave the least suffering and pain. Ma`ruf said it was up to the government how the execution of Amrozi et al for their involvement in causing the death of a great number of innocent people would be carried out. "If the court has declared that they were guilty, the court`s decision must be carried out," he said. The three death-row convicts have earlier asked for an execution by decapitation, rather than by firing squad. The demand was conveyed by the convicts` lawyers from the Muslim Lawyers Team who planned to propose a judicial review on the ways of execution to the Constitutional Court.
Amrozi`s lawyer from the Muslim Lawyers Team (TPM) Achmad Michdan recently said in principle, they were ready for the execution but it should be done in an Islamic manner. Michdan said his side would discuss ways of executing death penalty with the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) and law experts. "It should not be identical to punishment of decapitation. The ulemas may decide the best way of executing the convicts," Michdan said. He said Amrozi et al would also try to propose that the execution would not be done in Bali to avert interventions from parties harmed by the Bali bombing incident. Acting Vice Attorney General for Special Crimes Abdul Hakim Ritonga meanwhile quoted Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh as saying recently that the legislation in Indonesia on death penalty only recognizes punishment of firing not decapitation.Ritonga said the public prosecutor cannot meet the three convicts` demand as the Presidential Decision No.2/1964 stipulates that death penalty is executed by firing.

Intervention from parties harmed by the Bali bombing? They will be there cheering the execution, seeing justice done and getting some closure. Amrozi et al want the execution moved so that militants can interfere and possibly rescue the three bombers. This won't happen in Bali but could if moved to Java. My suggestion is if you're going to move the execution place is to move it to Manado in predominately Christian North Sulawesi(95% Christian). No militants will be able to intervene there.

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