Those convicted of the 2002 Bali bombings are scheduled to be executed on 22nd August. Last minute appeals may however delay this.
The office of the Attorney General, Abdul Rahman Saleh, said that the three men, Imam Samudra, Amrozi bin Nurhasyim and Ali Gufron, alias Mukhlas convicted of the 2002 Bali bombings in which over 200 people died, would be executed at the island jail of Nusakambangan, off the south coast of Central Java, on the 22nd August. The men are currently housed there.
Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh also said that it would take a formal request for the review to postpone the scheduled execution. He added that the execution date had been set by the Denpasar Prosecutor's Office in Bali. As at time of writing no such request had been received although it appears that lawyers for one of the men, Amrozi, are attempting to have any review of their client's case moved from Bali to Jakarta.
While the Jakarta Post reports that lawyers for three jihadist militants do now say that they will file a final appeal with the Supreme Court. Lawyers for the men said they planned to file the final appeal, known as a case review, with the Supreme Court.
Wiranan, a lawyer from the Muslim Defence Team, did not reveal the basis of the appeal, but other lawyers defending the men have said they plan to challenge the verdict on the grounds they were convicted of violating a law passed after the Bali attacks.
They argued that Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra could not be executed because the retroactive principle in the 2003 Anti-Terror Law used to charge them had been annulled by the Constitutional Court, said Fahmi Bachmid.
Therefore, the executions cannot be carried out and the plan is legally questionable.
He confirmed that the three men would soon file a request for the Supreme Court to review the case.
The three have said they have no fear of death and want the punishment to be carried out. They also said they would not seek clemency from the President, a process that can take several years. The families of the three men are also entitled to file an appeal but have long indicated they have no intention of doing so (No Clemency Sought for Bali Bombers, 2006-04-12.).
A Mother's Love - 28th July
The mother of Imam Samudra, Embay Badriyah, has asked to join her son in front of the firing squad on 22nd August. Samudra's lawyer, Agus Setyawan, explained:
A few days ago she asked whether she could be shot like her son.
(Beberapa hari lalu, Embay yang biasa dipanggil Ummi menyampaikan permintaan, apa bisa dia ditembak mati juga seperti putranya.)
Agus says that Samudra's mother feels that her son has not received justice in that he was convicted under a retro-actively acting law.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Mahendradata, the head of the Muslim Defence Team, the group of lawyers representing the three condemned men, says that the Attorney General's office is trying to hurry the carrying out of the executions. Mahendradata says he has already filed a case review request on his clients' behalf. This will likely see the postponing of the executions.