In­done­sian ter­ror pair evades death Re­morse­less bombers ‘win’ a de­lay of ex­e­cu­tion

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - PAUL TOOHEY

TWO In­done­sian ter­ror­ists sen­tenced to death for the 2004 Aus­tralian Em­bassy bomb­ing in Jakarta are yet to be given an ex­e­cu­tion date.

This is de­spite be­ing sen­tenced be­fore Aus­tralian drug run­ners Andrew Chan and Myu­ran Suku­maran, who were ex­e­cuted by fir­ing squad in 2015.

The men, known as Rois and Hasan, are on the same Nusa Kam­ban­gan prison is- land where Chan and Suku­maran were ex­e­cuted.

In­done­sian At­tor­ney-Gen­eral HM Prase­tyo, who sched­uled the ex­e­cu­tion of Chan, Suku­maran and six other drug run­ners in April 2015, de­clined to com­ment yes­ter­day.

Hasan and Rois were sen­tenced to death in 2005 for the car-bomb blast that killed eight In­done­sians and tore strips from the em­bassy and build­ings for hun­dreds of me­tres around. Chan and Suku­maran were sen­tenced in 2006.

The Aus­tralians both ex­pressed re­morse at their tri­als while the In­done­sian killers had no sor­row for their ac­tions.

Rois sup­plied and trans­ported ex­plo­sives placed in a ve­hi­cle that blew up out­side the em­bassy; Hasan planned the at­tack with ter­ror masters Dr Aza­hari and No­ordin M Top, stor­ing the ex­plo­sives and teach­ing the sui­cide bomber to drive the bomb-laden truck.

Rois said the at­tack was di­rectly funded by Osama bin Laden. Tau­fik An­dre, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Jakarta-based de­rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion cen­tre, the In­sti­tute for In­ter­na­tional Peace Build­ing, knows both men from vis­its to Nusakam­ban­gan.

“Rois is now a big sup­porter of ISIS,” he said. “Hasan, on the con­trary, has be­come more and more mod­er­ate. ”

Se­nior counter-ter­ror and anti-drug of­fi­cials in Jakarta have ex­pressed con­cern over an ob­vi­ous dou­ble stan­dard for the home­grown ter

ror­ists.

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