Thursday, July 17, 2008

Executions barbaric, says victim's dad

That's the headline of a story in an Australian online news journal. The article continues:

A former Adelaide magistrate who lost a son in the 2002 Bali bombings says the death penalty facing his son's killers is a deplorable, barbaric act that should never happen.

Indonesia's Supreme Court has dismissed the final legal challenge by three death-row Bali bombers, clearing the way for their executions.

The decision means Islamic militants Amrozi, his brother Mukhlas and Imam Samudra can now be put before a firing squad at any time.

Brian Deegan, whose son Josh was among the 88 Australians, out of the 202 people, killed in Bali in the October 2002 blasts, said the death penalty should not be used "under any circumstances".

"Well before Joshua died I formed the view that the death penalty was deplorable on any level, for any reason and is in itself a barbaric act that diminishes society, and has no particular positives," Mr Deegan said today.

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