Bali bomber sentenced

  1. The first of the Bali bombers to be tried got the death sentence today. A firing squad. The "Smiling Bomber" grinned and smiled, giving the thumbs-up sign when sentence was pronounced. The courtroom cheered at the sentence, many of the Australian families were there to hear it.
    Relatives of the 25 British victims mostly stayed away, but some commented that the bomber had got what he wanted, ie. martyrdom, where a life sentence might have been less to his liking, as it's a long unpleasant time to think about the consequences of your actions, with none of the "glory." He's the first of about 30 to be tried, but they are all just foot-soldiers rather than the organisers.
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  3. by   gwenith
    Don I just posted about this in the "bomb in Jakarta" thread.

    Amrozi may want to become a matyr but to become one he must have a degree of popularity. My impression is that he does not. The entire Jamar Islamir group is rapidly becoming more and more unpopular to Indonesians.

    Although Amrozi wants the death sentence his lawyers are going to appeal. I wonder whose side they are really on..............
  4. by   donmurray
    Sorry if I intruded. Your post is much more specific.
  5. by   donmurray
    Not all terrorists are Muslims, or from the middle or far East

    Press Association
    Thursday August 7, 2003

    Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt was today sentenced to 20 years in prison for directing the organisation behind the Omagh bomb atrocity.
    The 53-year-old was also given six years, to run concurrently, for membership of the Republican paramilitary group.

    Justice Richard Johnson delivered the sentence at Dublin's special criminal court, where McKevitt had refused to leave his holding cell. McKevitt emerged after sentence had been passed to say: "I would like to appeal."

    However, he was refused permission to mount an appeal by the three sitting judges after failing to explain why.

    Although the offences date from after the Omagh outrage, Justice Johnson said: "The court is satisfied that the offences were planned and premeditated and contemplated to do serious harm to people and property.

    "The accused played a leading role in the organisation which he directed and induced others to join."

    McKevitt yesterday became the first person to be convicted of directing terrorism in the Irish Republic.

    His wife, Bernadette Sands McKevitt, had already claimed that he was denied a fair trial, and vowed that he would appeal the guilty verdict.

    Mrs McKevitt, the sister of Republican icon and hunger striker Bobby Sands, claimed: "The court case that took place was nothing more than a showtrial."

    However, relatives of the Omagh bomb victims insisted that the judgement would strengthen their 10m civil action against McKevitt and four other men whom they blame for the attack.

    Although no one has been charged with the bombing, in which 29 people died, families insisted that the conviction was a major step in their fight for justice.

    Stanley McCombe, whose wife Ann died in the explosion, declared: "The net is closing in on the Omagh bombers. Having come this far, we cannot let them get away."

    He was among a group of relatives who were in court as the verdict was delivered yesterday.

    McKevitt, of Blackrock, Dundalk, Co Louth, refused to leave his holding cell to hear his fate. The trial ended in his absence last month after he dismissed his defence team.

    The case hinged on the testimony of US citizen David Rupert, who was paid a total of 750,000 by the FBI and MI5 to find out about dissident Republican activity in Ireland.

    He infiltrated to the core of the terrorists' destructive and bloody operation during a daring undercover operation.

    For more than half the five-week trial, the New York businessman revealed McKevitt's plans to launch a new terror strikes that would be even more shocking than Omagh, and branch out into cyber terrorism.

    An ex-French Foreign Legionnaire was also recruited as a sleeper agent who could be used in an assassination plot against Tony Blair, it emerged during the trial.

    Mr Rupert had told how he sensed that McKevitt was "the boss" of the Real IRA from their first meeting at a Co Monaghan hotel in August 1999, after the Omagh attack.

    Although McKevitt's lawyers tried to destroy the agent as a serial fantasist before they were sacked, the judges decided that his account of the terrorist leader's plans could not be ignored.

    Justice Johnson said: "David Rupert is a truthful witness, and his credibility has in no way been impugned."
  6. by   gwenith
    Don! Didn't mean to reprimand = just you doubled up on me!!!

    Yes Terrorism is everywhere and can come from anywhere. The Sarin gas attacks in Japan, the IRA and all its long history of atrocities, even the UNA bomber of the USA all have capabilities to disrupt lives and wreck havoc far in excess of their goals. It is so EASY to make a bomb.

    We have to move past the thinking of "What is this to us?" that comes from the media. Any coverage is sprinkled with reposts of whether or not there was any people of the nationality as the media reporting the event so American TV focuses on American victims Australian TV on Australian victims and so on and so forth. IT should not matter - they are victims.

    The real victims in Bali was the local economy and people. Bali lives on the tourist dollar. The bomb blast at the Sari club shut that down and put most of the island out of work.

    I have to give credit where it is due - The media here did programs about this begging the Australians to reconsider Bali as a holiday destination and now it apparently was back on the holiday agenda. And now this new bomb.

    I think JI are getting less support than they thought they would.
  7. by   Grace Oz
    Sorry gwenith, have to disagree with you on one aspect of your post...
    The REAL victims of Bali are our dear friends whose darling, only, daughter was murdered by those mongrels! They are the victims, them & their darling, now dead, daughter. As is all the other deceased & their loved ones. They too are the REAL victims.
    I hope that mongrel rots in hell & I pray that his accomplices are also brought to justice.
    Please pray, ( if you are 'into' praying), for ALL the victims of that horrendous tragedy. And, I include the Balinese people in that.
  8. by   gwenith
    Ah Grace I did not mean to belittle your loss but to point out that as hurt as we were Bali itself and the majority of it's lovely caring people were hurt just as badly or worse. It is natural for us to focus on our own grief but I think of the people who were killed and even more natural for us to think of those we knew personally but the people of this third world country who do not have the resources we do, who do not have the the strength in the economy to just bounce back from something like this. Yes always grieve for our own but I think of those who had it just as tough if not tougher than we did.

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