It is a great and perhaps bitter irony that the Indonesian courts continue to entertain the endless appeals that these self-confessed criminals lodge or have lodged on their behalf. If they truly were keen to become martyrs to the cause then they would not have too much riding on the method of their execution.
The latest appeal seeks to have the manner of execution changed from a firing squad to a beheading as this is less cruel. The lawyers for Amrozi, Imam Samudra, and Mukhlas have challenged the firing squad as being an inhumane method of execution. These three terrorists did not give much thought to the humanity in the manner of their execution of 200 plus innocent civilians. So, this begs the question, "why are the courts continuing to entertain these appeals and why doesn't Indonesia just get on with the show and execute these felons?"
If they want to be beheaded then so be it. I would think that there would be plenty of people lining up to take responsibility for swinging what would hopefully be a blunt sword.
I have written on this many times before, but it never ceases to amaze me that the judicial process when it comes to these three is bending over backwards to accommodate their every whim. Yet, the Poso Three were never afforded such appeal opportunities. I wonder if a Christian death row inmate could get their lawyer to lodge an appeal saying that the firing squad was unconstitutional and inhumane and that a crucifixion would be a more religiously acceptable means of execution?
For the victims and their families -- the process is long and drawn out but judgment day is nigh for these mass murders. Patience is a virtue. The Constitutional Court will not uphold the appeal. Yet, even if it was to do so it only changes the method of execution and not whether the execution takes place. It might delay it a little while as the State will need to train up a swords person for the task.