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Bali bombers already brought to justice, Kevin Rudd says

Article from: AAP

October 30, 2008 11:01am

THE Bali bombers were "murderers", but justice had been served in their case, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said today ahead of the bombers' imminent execution.

The three men, Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra, will face a firing squad, possibly as early as Saturday, for their role in the 2002 bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.

Mr Rudd said the Bali bombers were "murderers'' but they had been brought to justice.

"Justice means being convicted of the offence,'' Mr Rudd told Fairfax Radio Network.

"And these people were tracked down by a combination of the Indonesian national police, the Australian Federal Police and others in order to establish their guilt, and that has occurred.''

Mr Rudd said the impact of the bombings on the victims' families made his "heart weep'' but added that the Australian government remained opposed to the death penalty.

 "Their impact on the lives of all of these Australian families is there for us all to see.''

"I've ... seen the huge impact on people's lives - it makes your heart weep.

"Many people ... will have been directly affected by their murderous cowardly and callous act, it's appalling, but I'm not going to pretend ... that our policy on the death penalty has changed.

"It has always been one of universal opposition.''

Mr Rudd said the Government would continue to intervene in cases where an Australian citizen had received the death penalty.

"When any individual is convicted with the death penalty anywhere in the world, we, the Australian government, only intervene in the case of Australians citizens.''

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