Bali bombing victims call for immediate execution of 2002 bombers

[JURIST] Victims of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC report] are calling for the Indonesian government to immediately execute [AFP report] those in prison for carrying out the attacks. After new coordinated bombings in two tourist areas [Reuters report] last Saturday, victims of the earlier explosions are saying that three convicted bombers [BBC trial timeline] should have their death sentences carried out immediately, rather than wait for the bombers to work through the appeals process, which usually takes at least three years. Meanwhile, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer [official website] will travel to Indonesia [JURIST news archive] to push the government to outlaw terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [BBC profile], the al Qaeda linked group suspected in both Bali bombings. Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official website] said in a radio interview [transcript] Wednesday that by banning JI, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono would send a reassuring signal to Indonesian society, but he admitted that the most pressing issue is the effort by Indonesian authorities to crack down on terrorist organizations and activities. BBC News has more.



 

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