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Bombers' families demand access

Protesters against the execution of the Bali bombers rally outside the national human rights commission in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday
There have been protests against the imminent executions

The families and lawyers of three men awaiting imminent execution for bomb attacks on the resort island of Bali have demanded to see them a final time.

Lawyers lobbied the national human rights body in Jakarta for access, while Islamic demonstrators protested against the executions.

Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron will be shot by firing squad.

The execution date is being kept secret, but a BBC reporter in the area says preparations are being made.

Despite frequent appeals for leniency, the three have also said they are keen to be "martyrs" for their dream of creating a South East Asian caliphate.

But some supporters oppose the penalty, and there are fears that revenge attacks could follow.

The bombs attacks on nightclubs in Bali six years ago killed 202 people, mainly foreign tourists.

'Holy warriors'

The condemned men are being held on Nusakambangan prison island, off the coast of Indonesia's central island of Java.

On Monday, relatives of two of the men - brothers Amrozi and Ali Ghufron - were turned away from the prison, despite having an official visiting permit, reports the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Cilacap, a coastal town facing the islet.

The last time they saw the men was two weeks ago, she says.

On Thursday the men's angry lawyers took their demands to the human rights commission in Jakarta.

The commission chairman, Ifdhal Kasim, agreed that prisoners awaiting execution should be allowed to see their families, and promised to take the matter up with the prosecutors' office, reported news agency AFP.

Outside the commission headquarters, protesters praised the bombers as "holy warriors" and held placards pledging to follow jihad (holy war), AFP reported.

Every day now in Cilacap, the police presence around access points to the prison is increasing, our correspondent says, and the only people being allowed across to the islet now are state officials, security personnel and those who live there.

Local media reports say the stakes to which the men will be tied before being shot have gone up at the execution site.

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