updated 8/24/2006 8:32:21 PM ET 2006-08-25T00:32:21

The executions of three Islamic militants convicted for the Bali bombings that killed 202 people will not take place Tuesday as planned because the men decided to appeal their sentences, Indonesia’s attorney general said.

Amrozi Nurhasyim, Ali Gufron and Imam Samudra were among more than 30 people convicted in the 2002 nightclub bombings on the resort island, which officials say were carried by the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror group.

They confessed to the crime but authorized lawyers to appeal their convictions at the Supreme Court, averting Tuesday’s planned execution by firing squad.

“We have to respect the rights of the convicts because they have informed us that they want to file a final appeal ... so the execution cannot be carried out,” attorney general’s spokesman I Wayan Pasek Suarta told The Associated Press.

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