Thu, 20 Nov 2003

Samudra to appeal to Supreme Court

DENPASAR, Bali: Convicted Bali bomber Abdul Aziz, alias Imam Samudra, will challenge the provincial high court verdict upholding his death sentence, a lawyer said.

Samudra's chief lawyer, Khadar Faisal Ruskanda, said on Wednesday his team would prepare an appeal to the Supreme Court after they received a copy of the high court's decision.

"We will file the appeal as soon as we obtain the copy," he said.

The Bali High Court rejected the appeal filed by Samudra, the convicted mastermind of the Oct. 12, 2002, terrorist attack in Bali that left 202 people dead, mostly foreigners.

The court had earlier rejected the appeals of 10 other Bali bombing convicts, including Amrozi, who also received a death sentence. It is still hearing appeals from three other bombing convicts.

Ruskanda said he believed the other convicted terrorists would appeal to the Supreme Court.

The Denpasar District Court has sentenced 29 suspects in the bombings to between three years in jail and death. -- JP