Execution of Bali Bombers Is ‘Murder,’ Says Lawyer

DENPASAR ~ The imminent execution of the three Bali bombers will be an act of murder as the authorities have not followed due legal process, a defense lawyer said this week.

The Supreme Court gave the green light last month for the three men to be executed after rejecting their last appeal against their 2003 convictions.

The attorney general said last week they would be executed by firing squad before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in September.

“This will be murder as there’s never been a proper process of law over their appeals,” one of their lawyers, Mahendradatta, told reporters on Tuesday.

He said the three convicted Islamist militants – Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Ali Ghufron – were entitled to another review of their case as the courts had not allowed them to appear in person during their previous appeals.

“This is a criminal case that obliges the court to hear the defendant,” he said.

The men were convicted over their roles in organizing and carrying out the coordinated bombings of nightspots in Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people, mainly foreign tourists.

The lawyer said the defense team also planned to file a petition in the Constitutional Court against the death penalty by firing squad in a bid to stave off the executions.

“We will register our constitutional challenge to the constitutional court next Wednesday,” he said.

Executions in Indonesia are by firing squad, usually carried out at night in isolated and undisclosed locations. The prisoner is notified at least 72 hours in advance.

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