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The Long Good-bye

Community Leaders Ask Culture and Tourism Minister to Lobby Attorney General to Bring A Quick End to Amrozi, Iman Samudera and Ali Gufron.

(5/19/2007) Community leaders and tourism professionals in Bali are urging the Government to avoid further delays in the execution of the three Bali bombers as a necessary final step in the islandís recovery from past trauma and the recovery of the world's trust in Bali as a safe holiday destination.

During a recent meeting with tourism figures in Bali, Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism was asked to actively lobby for the rapid execution of Amrozi, Iman Sumudera and Ali Gufron for their roles in the October 2002 bombing that killed 202 people.



Explained Al Purwa, the Chairman of the Bali Chapter of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Operators (ASITA): "We are waiting, the rest of the world is also waiting; when will Amrozi and his friends be executed? This is important in order to restore the world's trust and permit Bali to once again become a holiday destination free of fear of further attacks."

As reported in the Indonesian-language Bisnis Bali, Minister Wacik promised that he would urgently meet with the Attorney General to personally deliver the people of Bali's aspiration to see the three convicted terrorists are put to death.

The Minister said that now, as the three terrorists have exhausted every avenue for appeal, it is completely understandable that the people of Bali are adamant in their desire to see the firing squad carry out its work.

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