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Indonesia AG confirms execution of 3 'Bali bombers'

[JURIST] The Indonesian attorney general's office Sunday confirmed that three men convicted for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder] which killed 202 people were executed by firing squad just after midnight Saturday local time. The executions were carried out after the Indonesian Supreme Court rejected [JURIST report] last-minute appeals filed by relatives of Mukhlas, Imam Smudra, and Amrozi Nurhasyim [BBC profiles], with a judge saying the men had exhausted their rights of appeal. The three men, members of of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive], had called on Islamic militant groups to carry out retribution attacks, which resulted in stepped-up security in the capital Jakarta and a warning [text] issued by the US embassy in Indonesia. Thousands of supporters turned out later Sunday at the funerals of the bombers [AP report] in their home vilages. The Jakarta Post has local coverage. Xinhua has more. The International Herald Tribune has additional coverage.

Last month, Indonesia's Constitutional Court rejected [JURIST report] bid by the convicted bombers to have the executions carried out by beheading rather than firing squad. The court ruled that any difference between the methods was immaterial.

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