x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Bali bombers make last desperate plea

Lawyers for the three men facing execution for the Bali bombings have filed a desperate last-minute appeal.

Lawyers for the three men facing execution for the Bali bombings which killed 202 people filed a desperate last-minute appeal today to save them from the firing squad. But prosecutors said the appeal was invalid as the bombers - Amrozi, 47, his brother Mukhlas, 48, and Imam Samudra, 38 - had already exhausted their legal options and must now die in line with their 2003 sentences. "No more appeals can be accepted because the limit is only one," a spokesman for Indonesia's Attorney General's Office said, even though the bombers have had at least three appeals considered by the Indonesian courts.

A lawyer, Imam Asmara Hadi, said the appeal filed in Bali's Denpasar district court rested on the bombers' claim they had not been properly informed of the rejection of their previous petition. "We have lodged an appeal because we haven't received a copy of the Supreme Court rejection of our previous appeal," Mr Hadi said. Police stepped up security around Cilacap port connecting southern Java to the high-security Nusakambangan prison island where the bombers are believed to be just days or even hours away from execution. *AFP