Melbourne, Nov 10 : One of the Bali bombers, who was also known as the smiling assassin, Amrozi, was not so brave when faced with his own death, looking "pale" and afraid.
His older brother Mukhlas was more defiant and praised God to the end. One source said that of the three, Amrozi was the least brave and that as his end neared he looked pale and afraid.
And when the time came - about 11 p.m. on Saturday, local Indonesian time - to be shackled hand and foot and led from their jail cells to the execution ground, the three Bali bombers accepted their fate without struggle.
Sources inside Batu prison and involved in the execution of Amrozi bin Nurhasyim, Mukhlas, aka Ali Ghufron, and Imam Samudra, aka Abdul Aziz, yesterday revealed to The Courier-Mail details of how the trio were put to death six years after their crimes.
Amrozi was also the quickest to die after all three were strapped to wooden posts and shot at the same time by firing squads, news.com.au reported.
His older brother Mukhlas was more defiant, repeatedly shouting "Allah Akbar" until his last moments. One source said that even as he was dying he praised God.
It was Amrozi who earned the contempt of Australians and the world when, after his arrest, he smiled for the cameras and took pride in the devastation caused.
When he was sentenced to death, he cheered and gave the thumbs up to judges, then to his victims' families. The three men had known death was stalking them and, according to jail sources, seemed resigned to their fate.