3 Nov 2008

Bali bombers still waiting to die

9:36 am on 3 November 2008

New court action may be taken to prevent the executions of the convicted Bali bombers being carried out.

Imam Samudra and brothers Amrozi and Mukhlas are expected to go before the firing squad imminently over their roles in the nightclub bombings which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and three New Zealanders on 12 October, 2002.

However, the AAP news agency reports lawyers are preparing to lodge another court appeal for the trio.

AAP reports an appeal seeking to prevent the executions was to be lodged on Monday, but the grounds were unclear.

The ABC reports one last game of brinksmanship appears to be playing itself out between the lawyers and family members and the Indonesian authorities.

Speculation intensified on Sunday that the executions would happen soon after two helicopters arrived on the prison island of Nusakambangan, off the southern coast of Central Java.

They will transport the bodies of the bombers to their home villages for burial.

The three condemned men are now expected to receive visits from relatives and lawyers on Monday morning.

According to a family member, Mukhlas has requested the execution be carried out without further delay.