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Bali bombers may be executed in Aug: Prosecutor

Prosecutors handed over a letter notifying execution date of the two prisoners, to their families.
None | By Press Trust of India, Jakarta
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2006 01:19 PM IST

Three Indonesians on death row for the deadly 2002 Bali bomb attacks will be executed next month if their families waive a final appeal against their sentences, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Prosecutors handed the families of two of the prisoners, Amrozi and Ali Ghufron, a letter notifying them of the execution date on Tuesday, Nugroho Prasetyo of the prosecutors office in Lamongon, East Java, said.

"In the letter, received by an elder brother of the convicts, a date for the execution has been set for August 22, if the family waives its right to use their last avenue of appeal, in this case a demand for a case review," Prasetyo said.

He said that if normal protocol had been followed, a letter informing the family of the third bomber on death row, Imam Samudra, would also have been sent but he could not confirm it as it fell outside his jurisdiction.

Amrozi, 43, dubbed the "laughing bomber" for his apparent indifference to victims of the bomb attacks on two nightclubs in October 2002 which killed 202, and Mukhlas, 46, have both refused to seek presidential clemency.

The Supreme Court last year ejected their appeals.

The attorney-general's office has said that the trio would be executed at the island jail of Nusakambangan, off the south coast of Central Java. The men are currently imprisoned there.

Amrozi's lawyer, Wirawan Adnan, told the agency that the defence counsel intended to file a demand for a case review but that the team was still looking for strong fresh evidence, which is required to file such a demand.

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