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Bali nightclub bombers moved to higher security prison

[JURIST] Indonesia [JURIST news archive] moved the three masterminds behind the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC report] to a higher security jail Tuesday to wait out their time on death row, just one day before the third anniversary of the bombings. According to Bali Justice Ministry spokesman IG Rata, the prisoners were moved to the Batu Prison on Nusakambangan, an island off the south Java coast, which is often called Indonesia's "Alcatraz." A letter ordering the move came from Indonesian Justice Minister Hamid Awaluddin on Monday, but Rata said plans regarding the move began two months ago for "security reasons." Rata reported that the prisoners were moved from the Kerobokan Prison because it is currently overcrowded with 800 prisoners, despite the fact that is was only built to hold 338, and the soil and walls of the prison are deemed to be too fragile. Over 100 Balinese citizens yesterday continued their protest from last week calling for the immediate execution of the three assassins [JURIST report]. AAP has more.

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