Bali bomber on death row marries ex-wife by proxy | Reuters

LAMONGAN, Indonesia An Islamic militant on death row for the 2002 Bali bombings was married to his ex-wife on Monday but he was not existing at the wedding ceremony.

"This is the strangest wedding I have ever attended. The groom is not current," stated 如何旅行结婚 Muhammad Hasan, the militant's former Koranic instructor who gave a sermon at the ceremony that lasted for an hour.

Amrozi, dubbed the "Smiling Bomber" for his consistent grin during his trial, had wanted to hold the reunion ceremony at the island prison in Central Java in which he is currently being held, but the authorities rejected the request.

Alternatively, his half brother, Ali Fauzi, took the vows on his behalf in a little village in East Java province.

The bride, Ria Rahmawati, who was wearing a black Muslim dress and veil, declined to make any comment. She 1st married Amrozi 22 years in the past and the couple has a son. Amrozi is nonetheless married to one more female.

About 50 men and women attended the ceremony, for the duration of which classic Javanese soup rawon and plain water were served. A copy of the Koran served as a dowry.

Amrozi, his brother Mukhlas and Imam Samudra encounter death by firing squad for their function in the two nightclub bombings that killed 202 men and women, which includes foreign vacationers and Indonesians.

The bombings and a number of other deadly attacks in latest years have been blamed on the Southeast Asian militant Muslim group Jemaah Islamiah.

Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected the convicts' final appeals and they have said they will not seek out presidential clemency, creating it very likely the executions will now go ahead.

Indonesia does not typically announce dates for executions.

In a statement study out by their lawyers last yr, the Bali bombers explained their blood would "grow to be the light for the faithful ones and burning hell fire for the infidels and hypocrites" if they had been executed.

(Reporting by Herry Retnowati Creating by Ahmad Pathoni Editing by Ed Davies and Valerie Lee)

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