Bali bombers' deaths to bring closure for victims

THE night of October 12, 2002, is seared into the minds of many Australians, including Byron Bay's Sevegne Newton.

Ms Newton was staying with her former partner at a hotel five minutes' walk from where bombs exploded at the Sari Club and Paddy's Bar, killing 202 people, including 88 Australians.

Ten minutes after the blast, two Australian women ran into the hotel, covered in blood and clearly in need of medical help.

Ms Newton spent that night at the Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar, doing what she could as the horror unfolded around her.

Upon hearing the news yesterday that the men responsible for the bombings would be executed by firing squad before the month is out, Ms Newton's first reaction was fear.

She is due to fly to Bali in a week on a business trip.

“When I heard the news I felt sick,” Ms Newton said. “I would feel terrible if I were there when the executions take place because of any possible repercussions.

“Indonesia is the sort of country where these things happen and I think they will happen again.

“I could change my plans, but you don't want these people (the bombers) to dictate how you live your life.”

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.

Ms Newton said she was against capital punishment, but she believed the execution of the bombers would bring some finality for people injured in the blast and for the families of those who were killed.

“I can't imagine how it must be for those people impacted to constantly endure this and the media attention,” she said.

“Having seen what these people (the bombers) did, their execution will bring an end to a lot of things.”



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