Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Don't Let Bombers Become Martyrs; Brother's Plea after Three Are Executed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Don't Let Bombers Become Martyrs; Brother's Plea after Three Are Executed

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Byline: Neil McKay

THE BROTHER of a North East man killed in a terrorist attack said yesterday: "I only hope my brother's killers will not become martyrs."

Terrorists Imam Samudra, 38, Amrozi Nurhasyim, 47, and Ali Ghufron, 48, were executed on Saturday on the Indonesian island prison of Nusakambangan by a firing squad.

The men were found guilty of planning attacks on two nightclubs in the resort of Kuta on the holiday island of Bali, Indonesia, which killed 202 people including Ian Findley, 55, from Pelton, Chester-le-Street, and Clive Walton, 34, from Sunderland.

Yesterday Mr Findley's brother Brian, 59, also from Chester-le-Street, said: "I am pleased these terrorists were shot dead by a firing squad and not beheaded.

"I understand that if they had been beheaded it would have been more likely to have turned them into martyrs. By shooting them hopefully that will not happen.

"They weren't the ringleaders, but they were among those responsible for my brother's death and I am pleased they have been executed. I had to fly to Bali to visit the morgue and to bring back the remains of my brother, which is something you don't get over."

Mr Findley's mother Loraine, 87, of Grange Villa, Chester-le-Street, said: "Executing these killers will not bring my son back.

"Each day is difficult for us as we think about Ian all of the time. But at least I know those three aren't living the life of Riley in a cushy jail."

The bombings took place in two crowded nightclubs and killed 202 people - mostly tourists.

Mr Findley was travelling with County Durham friends Ian Stafford and Kevin McVittie, who both survived. He was on the last night of a holiday when they were caught up in the attack getting out of a taxi.

Mr Walton, son of Sunderland councillors Jack and Lilian Walton, was touring Bali with a Hong Kong rugby club when the bombs went off. More than 30 members of the al Qaida-linked terror group Jemaah Islamiyah have been convicted by an Indonesian court of carrying out the bombings.

Tobias Ellwood MP, who lost his brother Jonathan, 37, in the attacks said he was unable to draw a line under the Bombings until three fundamental questions were answered. …

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