Bomb Victims Want Death Penalty for Australian Embassy Attackers

By : webadmin | on 8:09 AM February 05, 2013
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Farouk Arnaz

Two people sentenced to death for their involvement in the bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta in 2004 should be sentenced to death because they have expressed no remorse for their actions, the Association of Bomb Victims in Indonesia says.

Iwan Darmawan, also known as Rois, and Achmad Hasan were sentenced to death after they were convicted of bombing the Jalan Rasuna Said facility.

“In my opinion, as long as the terrorists believe they were committing jihad and were not deceived into committing terrorist activities, do not show any regret and think that what they did was right, then they deserve to be sentenced to death,” said Mulyono, deputy chairman of the group known as Askobi, said in Jakarta on Monday.

Mulyono was a victim of the August 2003 bombing of Jakarta’s JW Marriot Hotel. He sustained burns in some parts of his body, leaving permanent scars.

Lawyers for the two men convicted of the embassy bombing are drafting legal review pleas to the Supreme Court in order to have their clients escape the death sentence.

Achmad Michdan, the head of the Muslim Lawyer Team, expressed optimism that his clients would be successful in their bid.

“We have new evidence we will submit in our documents. For example we have testimonies by witnesses that were not fully explored because of pressure at that time,” Achmad told reporters on Sunday.

The bomb killed nine people, including the bomber, and wounding up to 150.

The bomb shook the South Jakarta embassy building and the surrounding area, blowing out windows up to 30 stories above street level in several office towers nearby and leaving a huge crater in front of the heavy security gates where visitors line up before entering. No Australians were killed in the attack.

Police arrested Rois and Hasan as the main perpetrators, along with several others. A district court sentenced both of them to death while their subsequent appeals to the High Court and the Supreme Court were rejected.

They have two legal maneuvers left to avoid the death penalty: a legal review with the Supreme Court, and presidential clemency.

Achmad said the decision to file for a legal review came after prosecutors at the Attorney General’s Office asked his clients if they wanted to challenge the sentences.

Attorney General Basrief Arief said that he planned to execute 12 convicts this year because they had exhausted their options to avoid the death penalty.

The embassy bombing was followed by twin hotel bombings in 2009 that killed three Australians, one New Zealander, two Dutch people and an Indonesian.