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He's Got To Walk that Lonesome Valley

Supreme Court Rejects Final Legal Obstacle to Execution of the "Smiling" Bali Bomber Amrozi.

(9/12/2007) The Indonesia Supreme Court has rejected a request for a judicial review filed by Amrozi - one of three terrorist sentenced to death for their role in the October 12, 2002, that claimed the lives of 202 people and seriously injured scores of others.

In rejecting Amrozi's request, the Court found that there was no compelling new evidence being set forth in the request, effectively ignoring the defense team's contention that Prosecutors has erred in charging Amrozi with the anti-terrorism law of 2003 for a crime committed in 2002.



With the latest ruling from the Supreme Court Amrozi has exhausted every legal obstacle separating him from a final date with an Indonesian firing squad.

The only conceivable remaining respite would be a Presidential pardon for Amrozi, a move seen as highly improbable given the widespread support in the community for the execution and the militantly unrepentant attitude of the condemned man for his crimes.

Still pending before the Supreme Court are similar petitions for judicial review filed by the remaining two Bali bombers, Iman Samudra and Ali Gufron. However, the latest decision rejecting the arguments filed on behalf of Amrozi, can only portend badly for the fate of the remaining two condemned Bali bombers.

All three men are being held on death role on Indonesia's remote "devil's island" of Nusakambangan.