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Last Updated: Monday, 28 July, 2003, 07:39 GMT 08:39 UK
Death demand for Bali suspect
Indonesian prosecutors have demanded the death penalty against Imam Samudra, the alleged "field commander" of last year's bomb attacks on the Indonesian island of Bali.

The 33-year-old Islamic militant has already admitted to taking part in the blasts, which killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

IMAM SAMUDRA
Imam Samudra
Aged 33
From Tasikmalaya, West Java.
Computer expert

"The accused has been proven to have committed an act of terrorism that caused massive casualties," said prosecutor I Nyoman Dila, before urging judges to sentence Samudra to death.

"The defendant should receive the harshest penalty, death," he said.

The judges have yet to pass their verdict.

Two weeks ago, prosecutors also requested the death penalty against Amrozi - the first of more than 30 suspects to face trial in relation to the Bali attacks.

Other key suspects, including Mukhlas and Ali Imron, could also face death if found guilty.

Imam Samudra remained silent while the prosecution issued its request.

But he shouted "God is great. Islam will win!" as police led him from the courtroom.

Some of the people present during the court session - several of them relatives of Bali victims - applauded when the demand was read out.

Many of the suspects charged in connection with the 12 October Bali attacks are also accused of belonging to Jemaah Islamiah (JI), an Islamic group which is said to have links to Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.

JI has been accused of carrying out a spate of terror attacks in the region, in its campaign to establish an Islamic state to cover Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the southern Philippines island of Mindanao.

Imam Samudra has said he carried out the Bali attack to avenge the deaths of Muslims by the United States and its allies in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

But he has denied playing a direct role in planning the attacks, as prosecutors allege.

Earlier this month he told the court that the slaughter of "infidels from oppressing nations and their allies" was justifiable according to Islamic teachings.




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