On 12 Oct 2002, victims of the Bali
bombing attended a small anniversary ceremony at the Australian
Consulate in Bali. The 2002 Bali bombings took the lives of 202
people, mostly foreigners, in the beach resort of Kuta.
For some of the friends and relatives
of these victims, it was a day of remembrance but for others, it was
a chance to express their unhappiness at the delay in the execution
of the perpetrators.
The Indonesian government has
officially provided the explanation that death sentences would be
carried out after the Idul Fitri holiday as a sign of respect to the
religion. Indonesian terrorists with links to Al-Qaeda were found
guilty and their leaders Imam Samudra, Amrozi, and Ali Gufron are
amongst the 30 people sentenced for the attacks.
To prevent public outcry, the radical
Islamist group Jemaah Islamiyah was prohibited from visiting
convicted Bali bombers at Batu prison.
The rejection was directed at Abubakar
Bashir who arrived at the Wijayapura pier in Cilacap at 10:30 a.m.
and asked for permission from local prison guards to cross to visit
the Bali bombers and other terrorists at various prison complexes.
On the grounds that Bashir did not have
the necessary paperwork from the local and provincial level of Law
and Human Rights Department to visit inmates on death row, Bashir was
While some tense moments followed after
the rejection between the prison guards and Bashir’s followers, the
moment passed without incidents after Bashir declared that he
accepted the explanation of the rejection by the authorities.
The Jakarta Post, "Ba'asyir
prohibited from visiting Bali bombers" dated 6 Oct 2008 in The
Jakarta Post [downloaded on 13 Oct 2008], available at
The Jakarta Post, "Families grieve
at Bali bombing anniversary ceremony" dated 12 Oct 2008 in the
Jakarta Post website [downloaded on 13 Oct 2008], available at