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Amrozi to Face the Firing Squad

First Verdict in Bali Bombing Trials Results in Death Sentence.

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On Thursday, August 7, 2003, the Denpasar State Court handed down a verdict of "death before a firing squad" for Amrozi, the first of nearly 30 defendants to go on trial for involvement in the bombing of two Bali night spots in October last year.

A five judge tribunal handed down the maximum sentence possible to man accused of helping to mastermind the logistics leading up to the explosion that claimed 202 lives. When delivering the verdict, Chief Justice I Made Karna justified the decision on the basis that Amrozi had violated both the anti-terrorist laws of 2002 as well as long-standing homicide laws. Citing the massive loss of life, the racial and religious undertones of the attack, and the act's effects in undermining State policy - the Justice termed Amrozi's act an "extraordinary crime against humanity" deserving the ultimate sanction under the law.

Amrozi, who greeted the verdict with raised arms in a feigned victory salute, has seven days to begin the appeal process. Despite his Defense Team's readiness to seek an appeal, Amrozi has said he is prepared for the death penalty and is reported to be rejecting any appeal being launched on his behalf.

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