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Clemency Appeal Filed on Behalf of Bali Bombers

Bali Courts Request for Clemency Mandated by Law to Clear Way for Eventual Execution by Firing Squad.

(12/13/2004) Formal requests have been filed by Bali prosecutors seeking clemency for convicted Bali bombers Amrozi and Iman Sumudra, now under a sentence of death for their role in the tragic bombing of a Bali night spot.

Indonesian law requires that before the sentence of death can be carried out every possible course of appeal must be exhausted, including a request for Presidential clemency.

According to a spokesman for the Denpasar District Court, local Prosecutors filed the request for Presidential clemency when lawyers for Amrozi and Sumudra failed to file such a request on behalf of their clients before the expiration of a November 3 deadline.

If, as widely expected, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono refuses the request for mercy the final administrative obstacle will have been cleared on the way to death before a firing squad for the two convicted bombers.

Ali Ghufron, the brother of Amrozi, and the third Bali bomber under sentence of death has already filed a formal appeal against his death sentence.