Bali bomber to appeal

Convicted Bali bombing mastermind Imam Samudra is to appeal to Indonesia's Supreme Court against his death sentence after an earlier appeal was rejected.

    Samudra says death will bring him closer to God

    One of his lawyers, Qadhar Faisal, said on Thursday that Samudra would fight the

     decision because it was not

    based on Islamic law.

    "After all legal avenues have been exhausted, he will accept the

    death penalty," Faisal said. 

    He added Samudra would lodge his appeal when he was

    officially notified that the Bali high court had rejected

    his original appeal.

    Imam Samudra is the second key bomber on death row to have his

    appeal rejected by the Bali high court. The other man, Amrozi, is

    also appealing to the Supreme Court.

    Jemmah Islamiyah 

    The Bali blast killed 202 people

    Investigators believe Samudra is a leading member of the

    Jemaah Islamiyah group, which staged the

    attack on two crowded Bali nightclubs to avenge Western oppression

    of Muslims worldwide.

    The bombings on 12 October, 2002, killed 202 people, mostly

    Western holidaymakers.

    The Afghanistan-trained Samudra once said he would welcome

    death as it would bring him closer to God.



    Samudra, 33, was convicted of attending planning meetings, selecting the blast

    targets in Bali and assigning tasks to the bombers


    A third bomber called Mukhlas is also on death row and has also

    said he will appeal. A fourth key bomber called Ali Imron escaped

    with a life sentence after expressing remorse.



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