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Bali nightclub bombers file new appeal of Indonesia death sentences

[JURIST] Three Indonesian Islamic militants sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder] filed a new appeal Wednesday, after withdrawing an earlier appeal [JURIST report] this week following refusal of the Cilacap district court to grant a change of venue and transport the militants to a district court in Bali. According to defense lawyers, the appeal is being brought because they were not provided with an effective presentation of their case in the lower court. The three men - Mukhlas, Amrozi, and Imam Samudra [BBC profiles] - face execution by firing squad if their appeal is not successful.

In February, the Supreme Court of Indonesia ordered the lower district court [JURIST report] to assemble a panel of judges to review the merits of the militants' appeal. The Supreme Court rejected the Bali bombers' first appeal in December, but accepted a second appeal [JURIST reports] to determine whether the bombers should have been tried under retroactive laws that were not in effect when the bombings took place. AFP has more.

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