Friday, August 22, 2008

Bali Bombers Execution Delayed

From AKI Adnkronos

Bali, 21 August (AKI) - The three Islamic militants convicted of the 2002 Bali bombing have been given a stay of execution due to the upcoming holy fasting month of Ramadan in September.

Fearing a backlash from the Muslim community, Indonesian authorities have decided to delay the execution of Amrozi, his brother Mukhlas and Imam Samudra.

The three were convicted of planning and carrying out the nightclub bombings (Photo) in October 2002 which was the worst act of terrorism in Indonesia.

The attacks killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists, and injured another 209 people.

The Indonesian Attorney general's office had said it hoped to execute the Islamist militants who were convicted in 2003, before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins in early September.

It is now expected to be delayed until after Ramadan.

The three convicted terrorists, members of the militant Islamist Jemaah Islamiyah, are at Nusakambangan prison island in Central Java.

Is anyone surprised? It will probably be delayed longer after Ramadan while the argument as to whether it is halal for the Islamic terrorists to be shot instead of beheaded as per Shariah Law. Maybe in 2009?

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