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Bali bombers' families agree to launch new court challenge 
  a.. Jakarta 
  b.. October 24, 2008 
 
Mukhlas, Amrozi and Imam Samudra. Photo: AFP 

Three Islamic militants on death row over the 2002 Bali bombings will launch 
yet another appeal, possibly next week, their lawyer confirmed yesterday.

The new appeal - flagged earlier this week after the bombers' latest court 
challenge failed - will be lodged on behalf of their families "as soon as 
possible," defence lawyer Achmad Kholid said.

It is the latest in a string of legal manoeuvres aimed at delaying the 
executions of Amrozi, his brother Mukhlas and Imam Samudra, despite their 
claims that they are ready to die.

Confirmation of the fresh appeal came as the family of Mukhlas visited him in 
prison, on Nusakambangan Island off Central Java, yesterday.

Security was noticeably tighter at the jail, with Mukhlas' visitors - his wife 
Faridah and children, lawyers and members of the Islamic Reformers Front - all 
searched carefully by police.

Indonesia's Attorney General's office is due to make a statement today about 
the timing of the executions, which are expected by the end of the year.

It is unclear whether the latest appeal will affect the timing.

The government has previously stated the bombers have exhausted all their legal 
options.

Authorities may also be concerned about public threats made by the three last 
month that their deaths will be avenged.

Defence lawyer Kholid, visiting Mukhlas, said the legal team and families were 
yet to receive the 72-hour notification that the executions would be carried 
out soon.

He said yesterday's visit was "a regular visit".

Lawyers would use the time to discuss with the bombers this week's failed 
Constitutional Court challenge, and the new plans for a judicial review by the 
families.

"The family of the three death convicted will submit the judicial review," 
Kholid told reporters before entering the jail.

"It has been agreed. We will submit it as soon as possible, hopefully next week.

"We will use the previous document (arguments) for the judicial review."

Indonesia's Constitutional Court on Tuesday rejected a side challenge by the 
bombers, who had claimed that death by firing squad was cruel and inhumane 
because they may not die immediately.

But the court reaffirmed the method of execution used in Indonesia, saying no 
execution method could be guaranteed to be pain-free.

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