Bali bombers frustrated by execution delays

The three Bali bombers are frustrated at delays to their executions, a family member says, even as new court action looms to prevent the sentence being carried out.

Imam Samudra and brothers Amrozi and Mukhlas will go before the firing squad imminently over their lead roles in the 2002 nightclub bombings.

According to a relative, Mukhlas has requested the execution be carried out without further delay.

Yet, even as authorities finalise arrangements and tighten security for the executions, lawyers are preparing to lodge another last-ditch court appeal for the bombing trio who killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.

Mukhlas brother-in-law Nasir Abas told the Indonesian newspaper Radar Banyumas that the bomber was annoyed by the wait to die.

"For me this decision is in accordance with what he (Mukhlas) wishes, which is to die as a martyr," Abas said.

"He has asked for it to be done immediately.

"The delays of the executions is not Mukhlas' wish, but it is the wish of his lawyer, who according to me, is running a secular legal process which is hated by Mukhlas himself."

An appeal seeking to prevent the executions was to be lodged today, but it on what grounds is unclear.

Last night, speculation intensified that the executions would happen soon after two helicopters which will transport the bombers bodies to their home villages for burial arrived on the prison island of Nusakambangan, near Cilacap, off the southern coast of Central Java.

About 100 members of the radical Islamic Defenders Front gathered to pray for the bombers at a mosque in Cilacap, and called on Indonesians around the country to do the same as the men faced their final hours.

However, all was quiet overnight at the jail.

The three Islamic militants are now expected to receive visits from relatives and lawyers this morning.

Haji Agus Bambang Priyanto, a Muslim Balinese police officer who helped co-ordinate rescue efforts after the bombing and worked with local communities to prevent Muslim-Hindu tensions from flaring up in Bali, said he was losing patience.

"The Bali bombing victims have been waiting for a long time for justice and victims families and Balinese people are fed up," he told AAP.

"Our chest is getting heavier after seeing Amrozi and his friends boasting on television.

"We have almost lost trust whether they will be executed or not."

Heru Djatmiko, who was injured and lost his mother and nephew in the 2005 Bali bombings, also blamed the Jemaah Islamiyah group behind the 2002 attack, said the government seemed scared of the political ramifications of carrying out the executions.

"The executions have been delayed a few times and a lot of people are sick and tired of waiting," he said.

"My disappointment is that the government has not been doing anything to send the message that killing people for the sake of religion is not right.

"The government does not have the guts. I guess they are worried that it could create more political turmoil."

For many, concerns that the bombers' supporters would seek to avenge their deaths underscored the need for the government to execute the men.

"The longer we wait, the more time their supporters have to get ready," said Dewi Widiartha, who works at a hotel in Legian, Bali.

Experts have said a terrorist attack to avenge the bombers' executions was unlikely, but warned lower-level unrest could break out when their bodies are returned to their villages.

 

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