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Bali bombers garnering attention? Not really

ABC Radio Australia
03 November 2008

Security stepped up in Indonesia ahead of execution of Bali bombers

The Australian government and Indonesian authorities are taking extra security precautions as the execution of the three Bali bombers appears to be imminent. We gauge the mood in Jakarta.

Presenter: Sen Lam
Speaker: Wimar Witoeler, Indonesian commentator and former presidential spokesman

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SEN LAM: Wimar Witoeler, good morning to you.

WIMAR WITOELER: Morning.

SEN LAM: Is the imminent execution of the Bali bombers garnering much attention over there?

WIMAR WITOELER: Not really. People are just hoping it will happen and that we can get on to other important things.

SEN LAM: Well, sections of the Australian media have been baying for revenge, prompting this comment from the Director of the Asia Law Centre at the Melbourne University Tim Lindsay.

TIM LINDSAY: Whatever is said now in Australia about these events will apply also to the three members of the Bali nine, Scott Rush, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan who also face the same fate. And whatever is said here in Australia that might celebrate or endorse these pretty horrendous events will be thrown straight back in the face of these young Australians.

SEN LAM: Professor Tim Lindsay, Australian law expert at the University of Melbourne. Wimar Witoeler, what do you make of that comment, that while appealing for clemency for the three Aussies on death row, some Australians are showing double standards in wanting the death penalty for some other crimes?

WIMAR WITOELER: Oh, I'm not quite sure what the final message was. I know Tim Lindsay well, he always means well, but in my simple mind these people have been investigated, tried and convicted for terrorism, murder and the law says they should undergo the death penalty. So there is no question about that. The execution just has to go on. As far as the wider ramifications of the death penalty, I also am one who is inclined not to agree with it, but until the law changes it should be applied rigorously and there's no case which is more clear than in these three cases and I think the sooner we get the execution done the better.

SEN LAM: What is the prevailing attitude though? I mean there were many Indonesians killed as well in addition to the 88 Australians. Are there cries for revenge in Indonesia?

WIMAR WITOELER: I'm not sure what you mean by revenge. If the revenge is that which is exacted by justice, this is it. The convictions and executions of the three terrorists is revenge conducted through the channels of the law. I'm not sure I understand what other kinds of revenge we need.

SEN LAM: Indeed, Wimar Witoeler, just very quickly, what effect do you think the execution of the Bali bombers might have on radicalism in Indonesia? Do you think many young Islamists might look at the executions as some kind of martyrdom?

WIMAR WITOELER: Ah, no. If it had any effect it would have been done at the time of the conviction and at the time the execution drew near. I suspect delays in the execution were also done for the experts to measure the possible impacts. Although it's a foregone conclusion that the execution would have to be done anyway. We can not worry about that while we let justice go astray.

SEN LAM: Wimar Witoeler, thank you so much for your time this morning.

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6 Comments:

  1. From Jetly on 07 November 2008 07:41:02 WIB
    Sudahlah cepat-cepat dieksekusi saja, supaya the three boombers itu cepat sadar kalau ternyata tindakannya salah. Hanya dengan cara itulah bisa membantu menyadarkan mereka.
  2. From Dhani Aristyawan on 07 November 2008 08:51:35 WIB
    Sebenarnya saya kasihan dengan ketiga orang tersebut, mereka telah dicuci otak, didoktrinasi tentang sesuatu yang salah. Semoga POLRI bisa memberantas tuntas para dedengkotnya juga.
  3. From Chandra on 08 November 2008 19:56:16 WIB
    Sangat disayangkan station2 TV kita rajin menyiarkan "dakwah" Amrozi CS dari Nusakambangan tentang pembenaran tindakan terror mereka. Karena mungkin saja ada orang2 dengan pengetahuan agama yang pas2an ikut mendengar siaran itu maka secara tidak langsung Station TV itu turut serta membantu recruitment terrorist baru. Itu semua dilakukan oleh TV demi memburu rating.
  4. From jaka lalana on 09 November 2008 07:45:07 WIB
    WELEH WELEH...karunya pisan atuh jang imam dan mas amro dan sodaranya muklas(?)..makanya jangan suka maen petasan , bahaya atuh, jang!

    Kan Gusdur udah kasih tau lewat abah abubakar,jangan suka maen di jalan raya ,nanti keseruduk kendaraan guuede..pan repot jadinya...tapi gusdur malah dimusuhin..kumaha atuh kalo udah begini..padahal belom tentu masuk ke sorga mulia kalau ente bertiga didor sama petugas.

    Tega pisan yg ngejerumusin mereka. Lagian koq mau2nya mereka nurut sama orang2 yg nyuruh mereka....mereka ngga mikir, kenapa nggak yg nyuruh aja yg ngebom di bali itu? padahal yg nyuruhnya mungkin lagi ongkang2 kaki sekarang.ketawa ketiwi sambil ngisep rokok klobot..

    aya-aya wae si ujang ama si \\\'mas mah...sedih lah saya mah jadinya kalo liat permaenan politik di indonesia raya tercinta...kasar dan tidak cerdas...kumaha atuh kang wimar??? permios wae abdi mah lah....
  5. From thea on 14 November 2008 12:07:46 WIB
    The delay of the execution made the bomber-convicts gained many symphaties from the public. Even, with the media exposure, they had opprtunities to enchant that they were mujahid instead of terrorist.
  6. From Jerry on 21 November 2008 10:18:43 WIB
    Yang jelas NEGARA INI menjadi NEGARA YANG PERTAMA di DUNIA yang menghukum MATI orang2 yang diduga "TERORIS". Sungguh menyedihkan.... Sedangkan para Bandar NARKOBA dan EXPORTIR MORFIN dari AUSTRALIA pemasok ke BALI yang sudah jelas2 membabat habis calon2 pemimpin bangsa ini dan mengubur jutaan harapan dan cita2 Anak2 negeri ini tetapi mereka TIDAK DIHUKUM MATI. IRONIS dan TRAGIS..... - Peace In Love -

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