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Lawyers for 'Bali bombers' filing suit against Indonesia AG for rights violations

[JURIST] The Muslim Defender Team (TPM), the group of lawyers representing the three men executed Saturday [JURIST report] for the 2002 Bali bombings [BBC backgrounder], said Monday that it will file charges against Indonesia's attorney general, alleging that the execution process violated the bombers' human rights. TPM argues [Jakarta Post report] that Indonesia violated human rights standards when authorities denied the families final visits with the convicts [BBC report] and refused access to the bodies after the execution. In a related development, critics of the Indonesia government insisted [Jakarta Post report] Monday that the government's indecisiveness about how to handle the execution caused undue public sympathy for the convicts. The Indonesia Attorney General initially postponed the execution in August [JURIST report], and critics contend that delay allowed the media to profit from the public's increased interest. AFP has more.

The three men executed, Mukhlas, Imam Smudra, and Amrozi Nurhasyim [BBC profiles], were members of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. They had called on Islamic militant groups to carry out retribution attacks, which resulted in stepped-up security in Jakarta and a warning [text] issued by the US embassy in Indonesia. Thousands of supports turned out late Sunday at the funerals of the bombers [AP report] in their home villages. Last Monday, the Indonesian Supreme Court rejected last-minute appeals [JURIST report] filed by relatives of the men because they had exhausted their rights of appeal.

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