12 face death penalty over revenge attack on Christians

(AFP) At least 12 Indonesian Muslims could face the death penalty if convicted under an anti-terror law of a bloody revenge attack on a Christian village, a prosecutor said today. Five others could face long jail terms over the attack on Beteleme village in Central Sulawesi province last Oct 10, in which three people died and 35 houses were torched. State prosecutor Edi Dikdaya said the trial of nine defendants started on Monday in the provincial capital Palu. Prosecutors read charges against the defendants yesterday. “They are all accused of violating the 2003 anti-terrorist law,” Dikdaya said. He said at least 12 could face the death penalty and the others may face jail terms.