Chris Wallace from Byron Bay whose sister Jodi was killed in the Bali bombings in 2002.
Chris Wallace from Byron Bay whose sister Jodi was killed in the Bali bombings in 2002. The Northern Star

Mixed feelings over Bali bombers' executions

THERE will be mixed reactions when the three Bali bombers stand before an Indonesian firing squad.

Imam Samudra and brothers Amrozi and Mukhlas are expected to be executed any day now for their roles in the 2002 bombings, which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.

For Byron Bay’s Chris Wallace whose sister Jodi was killed in the bomb blast, the execution of the three convicted terrorists will bring satisfaction.

“I wanted to go over there and see for myself their execution,” he said.

Mr Wallace actually approached the Australian Federal Police to ask for permission to attend, but was told it ‘wasn’t the done thing’.

“I’ve got to take the Indonesian Government’s word for it that they have actually been executed, but that doesn’t mean much to me as the brother of a victim,” he said.

“I suppose we have to get on with our lives, but it is pretty bad when people like the bombers are going around laughing at us.

“Yes, what they did was disgusting and I will be really happy when they are gone.”

Byron Bay woman Sevegne Newton was in Bali at the time, staying at a hotel five minutes’ walk from where the bombs exploded.

She would prefer that the whole memory of that awful time simply go away.

“The media circus surrounding the execution is a shame,” she said.

“It would be nice to ignore them and have them disappear.

“And I question whether taking the lives of the bombers will bring about healing. It brings it all back for me and that’s one of the unfortunate things about it.

“It triggers the memory of that horrific pain inflicted on those people. It does trigger the trauma again.

“Let’s hope that in doing this the executions will bring an end, bring some closure for those affected families.”

Ms Newton said she had returned to Bali, but it took 12 months after the bombing to gather enough nerve.

“A repeat of that event is always on my mind when I am over there,” she said.

“The security over there is very relaxed. While there is aggression between the wealthy and the poor – we will be easy targets.”



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