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Dead Men Flying

Three Convicted Bali Bombers Moved to Safer Refuge at Nusa Kambangan Island.

(12/4/2005) On Tuesday, October 14, 2005, on the eve of the terrorist bombing for which they were convicted, three of the infamous Bali bombers were quickly evacuated from their prison cells at Bali’s Kerobokan prison and flown by police to Indonesia’s maximum security prison on Nusa Kambangan Island, off Java's south coast.



The three - Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Ali Ghufron – were all occupants of Bali's death row following their conviction for masterminding the October 12, 2002, bombing of two Bali night spots that claimed 202 lives.

Citing overcrowding at the Bali prison facility and mounting security concerns for the three, Indonesia's Justice and Human Rights Ministry ordered the transfer performed under tight security in the midst of demonstrations by angry crowds in front of the prison calling for the death of the three.

According to Indonesian law, the three bombers can only be executed after they have exhausted every appeal and pardon process available to them.

Held in isolation in the Bali prison to prevent attacks by other prisoners, the 3 Bali bombers were reportedly greeted by jeers and shouted threats by other inmates upon arrival at Nusa Kambangan prison. Officials at the maximum security prison are reportedly holding the convicted mass murderers in solitary confinement, separated from the general prison population.

Local press reports quoting legal experts indicate that the final execution of the three before a firing squad, once the appeal process is completed, must take place in Bali.