Timeline: Long road to execution

Five years after the Bali bombers were convicted the sentences have been carried out.

    Relatives of the victims have waited a long time for the sentences to be carried out [AFP]

    The three men convicted of deadly bombings on the Indonesian island of Bali have been executed by firing squad after more than six years.

    It has been a long wait for the survivors and the relatives of the 2002 victims.

    2002

    October 12:
    Blasts in the Kuta Beach nightclub area on the tourist island of Bali kill 202 people, including 88 Australians. The Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) group is blamed for the attacks.

    November 5: Indonesian police arrest the first suspect, a mechanic called Amrozi from East Java.

    November 21: Police arrest the alleged chief planner of the bombings, Imam Samudra, a 33-year-old engineer from West Java.

    December 4: Amrozi's older brother, Mukhlas, a Muslim preacher also known as Ali Ghuffron, is arrested in central Java. He is alleged to be the operational chief of JI in Southeast Asia.

    2003

    May 12: Amrozi goes on trial, charged with plotting the attacks and buying the explosives. He is dubbed the "smiling bomber" for his apparent delight during court appearances.

    June 2: Imam Samudra goes on trial.

    June 16: Mukhlas's trial opens. One week later he retracts all statements, saying he was tortured into making his confessions.

    August 7: Survivors of the bombing applaud in court as Amrozi is found guilty and is sentenced to death.

    September 10: Imam Samudra is found guilty of masterminding the attacks and is sentenced to death.

    October 2: Mukhlas is sentenced to death. He pleads for a reduction to his sentence, and says he will appeal.

    2006

    July 25: An official from Bali's district attorney's office says the three may be executed in August.

    August 21: Indonesia delays executions of the three bombers, as defence lawyers plan to request a Supreme Court judicial review.

    2007

    September 12: The three Bali bombers say they will not seek a presidential pardon after the Supreme Court throws out Amrozi's final appeal.

    2008

    May 12: Amrozi remarries his ex-wife, though he is not present at the ceremony.

    August 6: Lawyers for the three men lodge a legal challenge on Indonesia's method of execution, saying that death by firing squad is inhumane.

    October 1: The three men celebrate their last Eid al-Fitr in prison and warn that their deaths will be avenged.

    October 20: Indonesia's constitutional court overrules the bombers' petition and upholds the use of firing squad for executions.

    October 24: Attorney general's office sets execution date for early November.

    November 9: The three men are executed on Nusakambangan island.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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