Saturday, November 18, 2006

Bali victims still hurting from Indonesian legal system injustice

(Herald Sun) AUSTRALIANS devastated by the Bali atrocities are angry that convicted terrorists have been released from jail.

Melbourne man Dale Atkin, who suffered severe burns in the Sari Club bombing in 2002, said he was haunted each day by thoughts of the masterminds behind the bombings.

He said the victims can never be free from the pain inflicted by the attacks.

Mr Atkin said anyone linked to terrorism in Bali should be jailed for at least 20 years, and the key protagonists executed.

"They've probably been in jail for maybe a couple of years. That's not enough, they're accessories to murder.

"They played a part in killing 202 people.

"What's next? Are they going to let the main players off who are waiting to be executed?

"I think about the ones on death row every day.

"I read the paper and think 'Have they killed them yet?' I'm nervous they will be let off too," Mr Atkin said.

Dave "Spike" Stewart, who lost his son Anthony in the Kuta nightclub blasts, said he was disgusted by the lenient sentences for terrorists and demanded Prime Minister John Howard intervene.

"I'm worried it'll be Amrozi and his brothers that will be released next," he said.

Mr Stewart feared more attacks would be planned.

"John Howard has got to do something because as soon as they get out they'll do it again," he said.

"If people think they can get away with doing things like this, it could be our grandchildren who are victims in later years."

Australia should halt all foreign aid to Indonesia until those convicted of involvement in terrorism are sentenced harshly, Mr Stewart said.

Leanne Woodgate, who escaped death when she fled Paddy's bar with her sister Samantha and AFL footballer Jason McCartney, said she was frustrated by the Indonesian legal system.

She said it gave no justice for those affected by the tragedy.

Ms Woodgate suffered severe burns in the bombing and is still traumatised by her ordeal.

She believes those involved in the bombing could plan more attacks from jail.

"They killed 202 people," she said.

"While they're alive they've still got the opportunity to plan these attacks. I believe they should die. You wouldn't want anyone to go through what we went through.

"It's so hard to come to terms with the processes.

"The (Bali Nine) drug mules didn't kill 202 people. There's just no consistency."

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