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2002 Bali bomber relatives waive death penalty appeal

[JURIST] The family of a man convicted for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC report] said they will not pursue clemency on his behalf, allowing the Indonesian government to carry out his death sentence, according to a spokesman for the attorney general Tuesday. Imam Samudra [BBC profile] has indicated that he wishes to die under the belief that it would grant him "martyrdom." The attorney general's spokesman did not say whether an execution date has yet been confirmed.

Victims [JURIST report] of the 2002 bombings and other protestors [JURIST report] have previously called on the government to expedite the executions of those involved in the Bali bombings, but under Indonesian law convicts and their families must be given the opportunity to pursue all avenues for appeal [JURIST report] before such a sentence is carried out. Three men, including Samudra, who were convicted in the bombings refused to seek presidential pardons [JURIST report] against their death sentences last October. AP has more.

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