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Bali Courts Refuse Bali Bombers Change of Venue Request

Final Appeal Hearings Continue for Convicted Bali Bombers as Judges Say 'No' to Moving the Hearings Closer to Death Row.


(3/2/2008)

A formal request by the Defense Team to move the hearing of the three convicted "Bali bombers" from Bali to Java has been rejected as unwarranted by the panel of judges hearing their appeal in the Denpasar Court.

The current 11th hour appeal for the three Bali bombers awaiting execution before a firing squad was granted by the Indonesian Supreme Court who agreed to hear legal objections to the retroactive application of the Indonesian Anti-Terrorism law for crimes committed prior to the law's ratification.

Lawyers for the three responded to the refusal of a change of venue from the Denpasar court by calling for a postponement in the hearing while a final decision for a requested change of venue is received from the Supreme Court.



The appeals for the three Bali Bombers - Amrozi (43), Iman Samudra (37) and Ali Gufron (47) are being heard in side-by-side court rooms at Bali's Central Court in downtown Denpasar.

The request for a change of venue were heard and rejected by three separate judicial teams sitting in simultaneous court sessions in Bali.

Despite suggestions from the three bomber's defense team that Bali offered a hostile and non-conducive setting for the hearings, there is apparently little public interest in the latest round of hearings, with those in the court room largely limited to members of the press.


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