Bombers Clemency Deadline Begins

JAKARTA ~ The three Bali bombers on death row had 30 days from Wednesday to lodge an appeal for presidential clemency or their executions will be carried out, a state prosecutor said.

Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Ali Ghufron played key roles in the 2002 bombings that killed 202 people.

The trio were to have received copies of a Supreme Court rejection of their demand for a case review on Wednesday at their jail on Nusakambangan island off the south coast of Central Java, A.H. Ritonga, a junior state prosecutor, told a press conference.

“We are going to submit the copies of the case review verdict today to Cilacap,” he said, referring to the district where the jail is located.

“We will count 30 days starting from the moment they receive the copy” until when their execution may take place, if they do not submit a request for clemency, he said.

Timings and locations of executions in Indonesia, which take place by firing squad, are kept secret, though officials have said they would not take place in Bali.

A lawyer for the three inmates, Achmad Michdan, said he would complain over the way the Supreme Court considered the case review.

“Presidential clemency is not our concern for the time being, as we are now focusing instead on a complaint letter about the due processes of law being followed over the case review,” he said.

“There was no appropriate process followed as required by Indonesian rule of law. We want the judges who worked on this to be examined,” he said, adding that he would submit the letter as soon as he received a copy of the verdict.

“It might postpone the executions,” he added.

But prosecutor Ritonga said such a complaint would not derail the schedule.

“The complaint is not … a legal move. Only a legal step can postpone an execution, which would be presidential clemency, or a case review,” he said.

Asked about this, Michdan said: “It should be considered a legal move.” He added that a second case review could not be filed as the Supreme Court had already ruled this out as an option.

The 2002 bombings were blamed on the Jemaah Islamiyah network and the three men admitted during trial that they were members of the militant group.

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