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Bali bomber feels ‘beautiful’ facing end: Showed no remorse for killings of 202

Posted by jagoindia on November 12, 2008


Bali bomber feels ‘beautiful’ facing end: Showed no remorse for killings
Lindsay Murdoch in Jakarta
January 5, 2008

ONE of the Bali bombers has written from his Indonesian jail that he feels so “beautiful” on the eve of his execution that “no words can describe how good the feeling is”.

Mukhlas, the elder brother of the so-called smiling assassin Amrozi, posted a 10-page statement on the internet exhorting Muslims to show their support for him by turning out in mass numbers for his burial.

An Islamic militant’s website is carrying the statement, fuelling fears the execution of the three bombers could ignite violence and arouse public sympathy for their cause in the world’s biggest Muslim nation.

The controversial Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir warned last month of a “big disaster” in Indonesia if the executions were carried out. He made the comments after visiting the bombers in jail. But the Jakarta security expert Sidney Jones says that while the executions are likely to generate anger and retaliation against Indonesian government installations or personnel, “careful security arrangements should be able to prevent any incident”.

Mukhlas, a father of six who is also known as Ali Gufron, titled his jail writings The Right And Good Dreams.

“Please read my writing,” he urged Muslims in the internet statement, which he called his “last will and testament”.

“I would not trade how I am feeling now with anything else in the world,” he said. Mukhlas claimed that Amrozi and the third bomber, Imam Samudra, are also writing books in their cells in a high-security jail on Nusakambangan Island, off Central Java.

A former Islamic preacher in his late 40s, Mukhlas has showed no remorse for helping to organise the 2002 bombings in Bali’s Kuta tourist district, which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. Many of the victims were Muslims. He claimed on the internet he has sympathy “from all Muslims in the world” for what he did as well as the “blessings of God”. Earlier, the three bombers said in a signed statement smuggled from jail that their deaths would make them heroes to God and that being “thrown out of the country” would be “an adventure” and “a sightseeing trip”.

“If we are executed, then our drops of blood that flow – with God’s permission – will become light for those good Muslims and will become hell burning fire for those who are not Muslims and the hypocrites,” they wrote.

A countdown for the bombers to face a firing squad has begun after prosecutors visited the bombers on Wednesday and told them they had 30 days to lodge an application for clemency or the executions would be carried out. Lawyers for the men will seek final instructions when they go to the jail, expected within days. But the bombers have said repeatedly they will not seek clemency from the President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who would be highly unlikely to grant it for extremists who carried out the deadliest terrorist attack in Indonesia’s history.

Ms Jones, of the International Crisis Group, said fears of more terrorist attacks in Indonesia had fallen and the risk of more Bali-style bombings was low.

“Most extremist groups here have concluded that indiscriminate attacks on civilians are counterproductive but they have not given up on local targets, even if their capacity to go after them is weak,” she wrote in The Jakarta Post.

The militant group Jemaah Islamiah “is trying to sterilise and consolidate its ranks” after the arrest of a number of its leaders this year, Ms Jones said. Other militant groups were “reaching out to disgruntled members of other organisations and new groups are emerging and recruiting members, particularly in Java”.

Ms Jones said the biggest danger to Indonesia “lies not in terrorism, separatism, election disputes or any external threat but in poorly managed communal tensions that have the potential to fray this country’s social fabric”.

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