Court Orders Review into Bali Bombers Decision

JAKARTA ~ The country’s top court has ordered a review into its decision to reject appeals by the 2002 Bali bombers against their death sentences, a judge said on Tuesday, a move that could delay their executions.

The Supreme Court has ordered the Denpasar District Court, which issued the original death sentences against the bombers, to appoint panels of judges to review their individual cases, court head I Nyoman Gede Wirya said.

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

The panels “will open hearings to review the procedures that led to the Supreme Court’s ruling to reject the convicts’ demand for case reviews, and the legality of that ruling,” said Wirya.

He said the Supreme Court had ordered the lower court to hold the hearings and the final decision on whether procedures were flawed was up to that body.

If the Supreme Court accepted it made errors, it would open the door to a second case review.

“If we look at the penal code, there is no such thing as a second demand for a case review, but this time we are acting on the instructions of the Supreme Court,” Wirya said.

Wirya estimated that the hearings would open in about two weeks.

Lawyers for the three death row convicts have insisted that the procedures taken by the Supreme Court to reject their demand for a case review were flawed since an open hearing was not held.

The Attorney General’s Office warned in January that the convicts had just 30 days to appeal for presidential clemency or else face imminent execution. The deadline passed without any request being lodged.

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