Sunday, October 5, 2008 4:31 AM
Bali bombers show no remorse pending executions
Irwan Firdaus , The Associated Press , Nusakambangan, Central Java | Wed,
10/01/2008 4:15 PM | National
Three Islamic militants expected to be executed soon for the 2002 Bali bombings
that killed 202 people said Wednesday that they had no regrets.
Amrozi, Ali Gufron and Imam Samudra and several hundred fellow inmates held
prayers on a field outside their prison to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid
al-Fitr and then spoke briefly to reporters in what were expected to be their
last public comments.
They said the Oct. 12, 2002 twin nightclub attacks on the resort island were
meant to punish the United States and its allies. Most of those killed were
foreign tourists, especially Australians.
"I don't have, and will never have, regrets," said Samudra, dressed in a white,
flowing robe. The others agreed and praised other attacks, including the
bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, by militants that killed
at least 54 people and wounded hundreds.
Australian Brian Deegan, whose son Josh died in the bombings, said the men have
never shown signs of remorse.
"That evidently has not changed," Deegan said from Adelaide, Australia. "Their
actions are abhorrent and despicable and misguided. They took away the lives of
many men, women and children in a futile effort to make a point."
Executions in Indonesia are by firing squad. The militants were convicted under
Indonesia's strict anti-terrorism laws. They have exhausted their appeals and
Indonesia's attorney general has said the sentence could be carried out any day
now that the holy month of Ramadan, when clemency is often shown to criminals,
Indonesian authorities normally allow news media to meet prison inmates during
the end of Ramadan feasting celebration.
The Bali attacks - allegedly funded by al-Qaida - were carried out by members
of Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian militant group blamed for at least three
other suicide bombings in Indonesia since then, though none has occurred since
2005. The group has been largely dismantled across the region, with its leaders
dead or in prison.