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Not a Popular Decision

Many in Bali Protest Recent Constitutional Court's Decision Affecting the Bali Bombers.


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(8/2/2004)

Peaceful demonstrations were held on Saturday, July 31, 2004, at Bali's Peace Monument, the scene of the tragic bomb blast of October 12, 2002.

Protestors representing a number of non-governmental organizations and Hindu religious groups unfurled a 100-meter longer banner rejecting a recent Constitutional Court ruling that found Law Number 16 of 2003 unconstitutional in its retroactive application of Law Number 15 of 2003 – Indonesia's new Anti-Terrorism Law. The controversial decision by the Constitutional Court has opened a far reaching debate within Indonesian society and left the fate and eventual punishment of the 33 people convicted with involvement in the Bali bombing in question.

Protestors at the Saturday demonstration presented a 3 point statement which:

• Rejected the decision of the Constitutional Court that declared Law Number 16 unconstitutional.

• Called on members of the Constitutional Court to revoke their controversial decision and resign their posts.

• Called on the Supreme Court to reject any judicial review of the punishments handed out to Amrozy and the other Bali bombers.

Echoing statements made by many national legal experts, the protestors argued that the exceptional nature of the Bali bombing offers sufficient basis for the crimes connected to that event to be declared Extraordinary Crimes, a basis for waving the constitution prohibition on retroactive legislation.



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