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Bombers’ executions ‘may enrage mobs‘
Islamic militants Amrozi, his brother Mukhlas and Imam Samudra could be executed at any time over the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people including 88 Australians.
Indonesia’s Attorney General Hendarman Supandji has said authorities want the trio put before a firing squad “as soon as possible” and before the start of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan in early September.
Terrorism expert Sidney Jones, of the International Crisis Group, said police needed to work hard to prepare for a potentially angry backlash following the executions, particularly when their bodies are returned to their families.
“I think they will be treated as martyrs, I think there will be massive crowds, particularly in Lamongan in East Java where Mukhlas and Amrozi are from,” said Ms Jones, who is opposed to the death penalty.
“Depending on how police respond to those crowds, there could be some instances of mob violence.
“I think it’s less likely that we will see a terrorist attack in retaliation, simply because it’s very difficult to plan an attack for a specific time because so many things can go wrong.
“I think the people most committed to undertaking that kind of retaliation are on the run in a way that would make it difficult for them to actually undertake such an act.”
But she said: “It’s not impossible, it could happen.
“There could be people in cells that we don’t know about who could be planning something but I think the likelihood is not great.”
Ms Jones said any violence was unlikely to spread to major Indonesian cities, such as Jakarta and Surabaya.
“I think that these people (the bombers) are so far beyond what most Indonesians regard as acceptable … that there won’t be a major outpouring or outcry after their deaths, in either Jakarta or other large cities like Surabaya or Makasar,” she said.
“Everything has to do with how the executions are prepared beforehand and how the crowd reaction is handled afterwards, but I think the police can probably do an adequate job.”
Ms Jones said the men should not be executed because they would be treated as martyrs.
But if Indonesia pressed ahead, the men should be put to death well before the holy month of Ramadan, she said.
“I think, for the record, that the fact that this is an issue at all underscores how important it is that the death penalty be abolished in Indonesia,” ms Jones said.
“If these people had been sentenced to life imprisonment we wouldn’t be facing a situation of major questions now.”
Families of Australian victims say they have been told by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) that the executions are imminent.
Indonesia’s Supreme Court recently dismissed the trio’s final legal challenge.
The country appears to be ramping up its use of the death penalty, despite a global push to eliminate state-sanctioned executions.
Three prisoners were executed on the weekend, including a mother and son who murdered a family 20 years ago.
The country has now executed six prisoners in less than a month, resuming executions in June after a 14-month lapse.