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Court OKs Retroactive Law in Bali Trials

Indonesian court ruled on Friday that tough anti-terror laws passed last year could not be used retroactively, but made an exception for militants convicted in the 2002 Bali bombings. The decision also raises the possibility of fresh appeals by 32 militants convicted in the attacks. The Constitutional Court’s 5-4 decision could also complicate efforts to prosecute others awaiting trial in the bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreigners. Among them is Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged head of Jemaah Islamiyah, the al-Qaida linked terror group blamed for the attacks. Thirty-two Bali bombers have been convicted under the anti-terror laws that were rushed through Parliament in the months after the Oct. 12, 2002, attack. The laws gave investigators broader powers, allowed for the death penalty and categorized terrorism as an extraordinary crime.Full Story

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