Indonesia rejects Bali bomber's jail wedding plea


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  • Friday, 09 May 2008

MYT 1:31:36 PM

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian authorities have rejected a request by one of three men on death row for the 2002 Bali bombings to remarry his ex-wife in his prison cell, an official said on Tuesday.

Amrozi, dubbed the "Smiling Bomber" for his constant grin during his trial, had planned to hold a religious ceremony for the reunion on May 12 in the Batu prison off the coast of Central Java, his lawyer Achmad Michdan said last month.

Convicted Bali bomber Amrozi is seen during a family visit in Batu prison, Nusa Kambangan Island, in this November 22, 2007 file photo. Indonesian authorities have rejected a request by Amrozi, one of three men on death row for the 2002 Bali bombings, to remarry his ex-wife in his prison cell, an official said on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Beawiharta/Files)

The couple were divorced earlier and Amrozi is currently married to another woman.

"We have rejected the wedding request because they did not explain what kind of wedding ceremony they will hold," said the head of the Central Java ministry of justice, Bambang Margono

Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra face death by firing squad for their role in the two nightclub bombings that killed 202 people, including foreign tourists and Indonesians.

The bombings and several other deadly attacks in recent years have been blamed on the Southeast Asian militant Muslim group Jemaah Islamiah.

Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected the convicts' final appeals but they have said they will not seek presidential clemency, making it likely the executions will now go ahead.

Indonesia does not normally announce dates for executions.

A spokesman for Amrozi's family, Hasyim Abdullah, said the family would still go ahead with the wedding.

"We're still discussing with the family how it will be conducted," he said.

In a statement read out by their lawyers last year, the Bali bombers said their blood would "become the light for the faithful ones and burning hell fire for the infidels and hypocrites" if they were executed.

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