Death Row Bombers Seek Review of Verdict

JAKARTA ~ The three Bali bombers on death row filed a demand on Wednesday for a procedural review of the Supreme Court verdict, which could delay their imminent execution by firing squad, a lawyer said.

The Supreme Court has rejected their demand for a case review and the paperwork submitted Wednesday calls for a review of the procedure by which the guilty verdict was reached and its legality.

“What we submitted today (Wednesday) is not a demand for a case review, but a demand for a procedural review on a Supreme Court verdict,” said Achmad Michdan, one of the lawyers for the three convicts.

He said the Supreme Court ruling that rejected their demand for a case review violated procedures as it was made without an open hearing.

“The Supreme Court, until now, has not explained how come the verdict in our case was made without any hearing. Therefore we are questioning the procedure and consequently also, the legality of the verdict,” Michdan said.

“The process required by Indonesian rule of law had not been followed by the Supreme Court. We want the judges who worked on this to be also examined,” Michdan said.

He said the move was not aimed at stalling the imminent execution of his clients, but added that the action may delay it.

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

The Attorney General’s Office said the three had until the end of the month to lodge an appeal for presidential clemency or their executions would be carried out. They have previously said they would not appeal for clemency.

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

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

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