2002 Bali bombers decline to seek presidential pardon of death sentences

[JURIST] Three militant fighters convicted for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC report] that killed over 200 have refused to seek presidential pardons, saying that they are prepared to be executed, a prosecutor said Thursday. The bombing in Bali earlier this month triggered calls for the immediate execution [JURIST report] of the 2002 bombers, who are believed to be associated with al Qaeda linked militant group Jemaah Islamiah [BBC backgrounder]. Under Indonesian law, an execution can not be carried out until all legal options have been exhausted. The families of the fighters can still file requests for pardons, but so far there has been no indication that any of the families are planning to do so. Also Thursday, all five men who have been detained [JURIST report] in connection with the Oct. 1 bombing were released [Jakarta Post report] due to insufficient evidence. Reuters has more.

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