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(Compass) – The family of Pentecostal pastor Jokran* Ratu, kidnapped four months ago on the remote Indonesian island of Buru, still does not know whether he is dead or alive. Ratu was abducted on the night of December 3, 2004, and has not been seen since. “We always ask the police whether they have made progress or found Mr. Jokran’s body,” said the Rev. Henry Lolaen, a pastor from nearby Ambon island. Meanwhile, police are preparing for the April 25 anniversary of a Malukan separatist group. Last year, an illegal flag-raising ceremony led to violent clashes between Muslim and Christian communities in Ambon , with at least 20 casualties and scores of buildings burned to the ground.


*In a previous Compass report, our sources identified the victim as both Jarok and Jokran. We have now established that his given name was Jokran. Compass regrets the error.