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Jakarta Post

Execution delays could turn terrorists into martyrs

  • Abdul Khalik and Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 14 2008   /  10:17 am

The planned executions of the three Bali bombers on death row have been politicized to gain Muslim support ahead of next year's elections, observers said Monday. They said the political tug of war that had seen the executions continually delayed would increase the chances of the three convicted terrorists -- Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Ali Ghufron -- attaining martyr status. The more the sentence is delayed, the harder it will be for the government to uphold the law as sympathy for the bombers will grow, observers said a day after the sixth anniversary of the bombings that killed 202 people in Bali. Some of the survivors of the blast questioned the government's reluctance to execute the three convicts. Political expert at the University of Indonesia Bantarto Bandoro said he suspected that some hard-line legislators at the House of Representatives had managed to lobby for more...