Sunday, November 9, 2008

Bali bombers executed

CILACAP - THREE Islamists sentenced to death for the Bali bombings which killed 202 people were executed by firing squad on early Sunday morning, after five years of legal challenges.

'At around 12.15am (same time as Singapore, Saturday), the three convicted men on death row, Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra, were executed by firing squad,' said attorney general's office spokesman Jasman Panjaitan.

'It's not a day which fills us with any joy or with any celebration,' Mr Smith said in a television interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Mr Smith said his first thoughts were for the families of those affected by the blasts, which struck a crowded nightclub strip on the resort island in 2002, and for those caught up in further deadly bombings there in October 2005.

'It's just, in my view, a terrible reminder of a terrible, horrible event that occurred to family members,' he said.

'It's a terrible day for the families. For some it will bring some form of closure.'

Mr Smith said he had 'nothing but contempt for what the Bali bombers did and what they had to say when they were alive.'

His comments were backed by the opposition conservative Liberal Party, which commended Indonesia for the 'first class job' they had done in dealing with the issue over the past six years.

'I think it might hopefully give a lot of people in Australia a sense of closure,' spokesman Andrew Robb told Network Ten.

'I do hope that there are no reprisals though.' -- AFP

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