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Trio Bali bombers in death row buying time
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16:57, November 29, 2007

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Three convicted terrorists sentenced to death for the 2002 Bali bombings are buying time as their execution is imminent after the Supreme Court rejected their last appeal.

Mahendradatta, a lawyer representing the trio, said here Thursday there were a lot of inmates in death row whose "order of execution list" should come ahead of the bombers.

"Why should they come first? Those who stand in the front line must get priority, otherwise it would produce discriminatory practices," he was quoted by leading news website Detikcom as saying.

The Supreme Court earlier this year turned down the last appeal of Imam Samudera, Amrozi and his brother Ali Ghufron and upheld their conviction of masterminding the nightclub bombings on the resort island that killed 202 people.

The death sentence was delivered by a Bali district court back in 2003.

Mahendradatta said neither of his clients had been informed about the specified dates of their execution.

Ghufron last week met with his family at the prison island of Nusa Kambangan off Central Java province in what local media said "his last family visit."

Indonesia has 112 inmates in death row, about a half condemned for drug conviction, who are not executed pending their appeals. According to the Indonesian law, when appeals are rejected, they still can ask a presidential pardon.

Many of them have spent more than a decade in prison cells since the death sentences were handed.


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