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Indonesian court to speed up executions of Bali nightclub bombers

[JURIST] An official from Bali's Denpasar district court said Monday that politicians and legal officials will be sent to the prison which houses three men convicted in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC report] in an attempt to speed up their executions. In 2003, Amrozi bin Nurhasyim, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra were sentenced to death [BBC trial timeline] by firing squad for their roles in the bombings which killed over 200 people. Nengah Suriada, head of the Denpasar court, on Monday told protesters that government and law officials had all agreed on a speedy execution of the men but noted that under Indonesian law, those on death row must first seek a presidential pardon prior to execution. The most recent Bali bombings have led to a call by victims [JURIST report] of the 2002 attacks and other protestors for the immediate execution [JURIST report] of those convicted. AFP has more.

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