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Mixed press response to executions

Indonesian newspapers and news sites have given a mixed response to the execution of the three Bali bombers, Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron.

Comments included those from Islamists, veteran moderate Muslim leader Amien Rais and victims of the bombings.


The executions have ended the long wait of the victims and of the families of the victims of the Bali bombing part one, which took place in the Legian area on 12 October 2002.

Seputar Indonesia headline

Amrozi and friends finally executed.

Bali Post

The courage of the death row convicts of the Bali bombing part one - Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Mukhlas [Ali Ghufron] - in detonating bombs is not seen as true patriotism.

Fajar headline

The story of the trio of Bali bombers Amrozi, Ali Ghufron alias Mukhlas and Imam Samudra has ended.

Jawa Pos headline

The executions of the trio of Bali bombing convicts have been the biggest executions ever carried out.

National Mandate Paryy's Amien Rais in Media Indonesia

It is impossible for a simple santri [student at Islamic boarding school] to make bombs like those of the Bali bombings. I have asked my colleagues who have doctorates in physics, and it turns out that the powerful bombs like those of the Bali bombings must be made in a laboratory. Therefore, the government must find out the real mastermind.

Convicted Islamist leader Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, quoted in Kompas

If they are executed, it means they die in a battlefield. According to Islamic laws, those who die in war die as martyrs and become holy warriors.

Council of Indonesian Muslim Scholars Chairman Umar Shihab in Detik

It is impossible that Amrozi et al died as a martyrs. Those who killed others are not called martyrs, unless it happened at war.

Ustadz M. Khozin, elder brother of Amrozi and Mukhlas, quoted in Kompas

The souls of younger brothers are now being carried by green birds. Amrozi and Mukhlas were convinced that they died as martyrs.

Adi Masardi in Kompas

After the executions, the government laid on facilities [for the bodies of the three executed men, including helicopter transport to their home villages for burial] more fitting for national heroes. Of course, such actions may provoke the world's hostility and create more terrorists.

Tumini, victim of 2002 Bali bombing in Suara Merdeka

I am satisfied. Justice has been carried out. They have received a severe punishment for what they did.

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