Bali bombing victims families dissatisfied by execution

November 9th, 2008 - 5:13 pm ICT by ANI  


London, Nov.9 (ANI): The execution of three Indonesian militants for the serial bomb blasts in the tourist resort of Bali that claimed the lives of 202 people, including 88 Australians, has not satisfied their relatives.
They do not believe justice has been fully achieved.
Imam Samudra, 38, Amrozi Nurhasyim, 47, and Ali Ghufron, 48, were executed yesterday on the island prison of Nusakambangan by a firing squad after they were found guilty of planning attacks on two nightclubs in the resort of Kuta.
The Independent quoted Susanna Miller, whose brother Dan was killed in the attacks, as saying:”Justice is supposed to have two strands to it. One is to pay recompense for the crime committed and the other is a deterrent. If you undermine the deterrent by effectively encouraging, allowing these people to be seen as martyrs and encouraging the Islamist cause then no it makes a mockery of justice.”
She told the BBC: “Can we be clear they didn”t kill my brother. None of those three men were the bombers - they didn”t make the bombs, they didn”t set them off, they were secondary to the bombing plot and the most important person in relation to the plot is currently held in Guantanamo Bay.
Tobias Ellwood MP, who lost his brother Jonathan Ellwood, 37, in the attacks said he was unable to draw a line under the Bali Bombings until three fundamental questions were answered.
The Independent quoted him as saying: “Firstly, the ring leader behind the Bali bombings, Hambali, dubbed by the CIA as the “Osama Bin Laden” and the operations chief for the militant group Jemaah Islamiah, was arrested by Thai authorities in 2003 and handed over to the US. He has never been put on trial for masterminding the Bali bombings and no one will explain why.
“Secondly, British citizens affected by the Bali terrorist attack received no compensation from the British Government. It remains the case that there is no compensation scheme available to Britons affected by overseas terrorism, even though the UK paid compensation to all the injured regardless of nationality following the London 7/7 bombings.”
“Thirdly, intelligence received by MI5 prior to the Bali bombing warned of an attack on the island. The threat level to British citizens should have been raised to ”high”, a point confirmed by the Intelligence and Security Committee chaired by the Rt Hon Anne Taylor MP and presented to Parliament in December 2003. Failure to update the threat level meant many travel plans, including my brother’’s, went unchanged.” (ANI)

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