Photos of the slain bombers as appear in one of the Indonesian website

News reports said the family of two Islamist extremists executed this week for the 2002 Bali bombings criticised an Indonesian website for publishing close-up photos of them in funeral shrouds, a report said on Friday.

Pictures of the faces of brothers Amrozi and Mukhlas as well as ringleader Imam Samudra after they were executed by firing squad on November 9 appeared on Friday on the Islamist Ar Rahmah website.

The photos were captioned with text in Arabic and Indonesian praising the murderers as the ‘martyrs of the battle of Bali’.

Amrozi’s and Mukhlas’s eyes were open but Samudra’s were shut.

‘The family has been trying to anticipate this as best as we can but in the end the photos were stolen,’ Mr Mohammad Chozin, the elder brother of Amrozi and Mukhlas, told Detikcom news website.

‘The family hasn’t had the chance yet to ask Ar Rahman about this,’ he said.

Lawyer Fahmi Bachmid said the images were published against the will of the dead bombers.

‘I haven’t been called by the family, but it’s true that in the will given to the family it is not permitted to take photos of the bodies,’ Mr Bachmid was quoted as saying.

The photograph of Samudra was published on the same website earlier this week.

The 2002 bombings by the Jemaah Islamiyah militant network killed 202 people on the holiday island, mainly foreign tourists, in what the bombers said was the defence of Islam.