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Bali bombers refused visit from families

Broadcast: 03/11/2008


TONY JONES, PRESENTER: The Bali bombers may go to their deaths without saying goodbye to their
families. Authorities in Indonesia are refusing to allow the men's families to visit them as the
clock ticks down to their execution.

From Bali, our Indonesia correspondent Geoff Thompson.

GEOFF THOMPSON, REPORTER: One last desperate attempt at a final visit to family members about to
die. Instead, the Bali bombers' brothers had the gate to the prison ferry shut in their faces.
Gifts of food for a last meal were left behind as well.

Ali Fauzi said his mother sent him to motivate his brothers - Amrozi and Mukhlas.

"We don't agree with the executions," said the bombers' lawyer, Achmad Midan. "But, if they do go
ahead, we would like to be there with the families," he said.

But it was Imam Sumudra's brother who had this broadside for Australians who want the bombers dead,
but the lives of Australian drug smugglers spared.

"That's wrong," he said. "The Bali Nine should be executed first."

Yet another brother from Amrozi and Mukhlas's vast family appeared today at Denpasar's District
Court to lodge yet another appeal.

"It's a legal effort," said Ja'afar. "Of course, the family hopes there will be some kind of

The family's appeal argues again that the bombers' convictions were unconstitutional.

Denpasar District Court said it will be up to Indonesia's Supreme Court to decide the merits of
this last ditch appeal - a process which typically takes weeks. But Indonesia's Attorney-General
has said all legal avenues are now closed and that the bombers, at most, have only days left to
live. Such brinkmanship is nothing new in this legal fight, but the stakes have never been higher.

And the odds are not favouring the bombers. This afternoon, Indonesia's Supreme Court confirmed the
appeal attempt would not see the executions delayed.

Jeff Thompson, Lateline.