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Indonesia high court rejects appeal by Bali nightclub bombers

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Indonesia will not consider an appeal by three men convicted and sentenced to death in the 2002 bombings of two Bali nightclubs [BBC report], a judge said Friday. Lawyers for Amrozi Ghufron [Australian report], Ali Ghufron [BBC profile], and Imam Samudera [BBC profile] had appealed on the grounds that the men were sentenced under a terror law that was passed after the attacks and that should not be applied retroactively.

In August, Indonesia reduced the sentences [JURIST report] of 10 other Islamic militants their roles in the 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings [BBC report]. Originally serving between eight to 18 years, six of the militants received a sentence reduction of five months, while the other four received a reduction of two months. In June, Indonesian police confirmed the arrest [JURIST report] of leading terror suspect Abu Dujana [BBC profile] and seven other suspects who composed the main body of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [MIPT backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. JI, which was responsible for both Bali bombings, is also blamed for the 2004 bombings of the US embassy in Jakarta [BBC report]. Xinhua has more.

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