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Three men sentenced to death for the Bali bombings in 2002 have been executed in Indonesia. Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim, and Ali Ghufron Mukhlas were convicted five years ago for the double bombings on Bali’s Kuta strip. Some 202 people died.

The bombings were blamed on a radical group, widely believed to have connections with al-Qaeda. In August 2003, the three were found guilty of terrorist offences and sentenced to death. They greeted the news with joy, hoping their deaths would make them martyrs.

Since then though, there have been several appeals for clemency. The Supreme Court rejected the final one last week. On October 12, 2002 two bombs tore through Paddy’s Bar and the Sari Club in an area popular with Western tourists. Among the dead were 88 Australians and 38 Indonesian citizens. A Malaysian man, suspected of being a mastermind, is still at large.