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Bali bombing executions postponed
Convicted Bali bomber Amrozi
Amrozi is known as the 'smiling bomber'
The execution of three key militants behind the 2002 Bali bombings has been postponed.

Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra were due to face a firing squad on Tuesday.

The delay is due to the three men authorising their lawyers to file a last appeal, a spokesman for the attorney general told reporters.

Defence lawyer Achmad Michdan also said the execution would not take place on Tuesday, telling the BBC: "We're definitely going to appeal."

The 12 October 2002 nightclub bombings, in Bali's Kuta tourist district, killed 202 people, 88 of whom were Australian.

More than 30 people have been jailed for the attacks, which have been blamed on the South-East Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiah.

Appeal

Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra have been found guilty of major roles - and all three have already confessed to their involvement.

But I Wayan Pasek Suarta, a spokesman for the attorney general, told the Associated Press on Monday: "We have to respect the rights of the convicts because they have informed us that they want to file a final appeal... so the execution cannot be carried out."

The convicts' lawyers said last month that any appeal would argue that the men had been found guilty on the basis of retroactive legislation.

"The criminal code stipulates that if there is any change in the law, then the law applied should be beneficial to the defendant," defence lawyer Muhammad Mahendradata told the Associated Press in July.

Amrozi, dubbed the "smiling bomber" for his lack of remorse, has been found guilty of helping plan and carry out the attacks.

Mukhlas (also known as Ali Gufron) is seen as the mastermind behind the attacks, while Imam Samudra has been described by police as the "field commander".




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