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ANS – The three women charged with violating Indonesia ‘s 2002 Child Protection Act by Christianizing Muslim children were found guilty today of all charges in an Indonesian court charged with anti-Christian radicals. Jeff Hammond, director of Bless Indonesia Today, told ANS Dr. Rebecca Laonita, Mrs. Ratna Mala Bangun, and Mrs. Ety Pangesti, who conducted a “Happy Week” (or “Happy Sunday”) program in their homes in early May, were found “guilty of all charges” and given a sentence of three years. Hammond pointed out that the guilty verdict was pronounced, even though the children had their parents’ permission to attend, and none of them had changed their religion. He said the verdict may actually have spared the three a worse fate, as the witnesses and judges were “constantly under the threats of violence from hundreds of Islamic radicals, who threatened to kill the three ladies, witnesses, pastors, missionaries–and even the judges–if the women were acquitted.” Hammond told ANS that anti-Christian radicals arrived in nine trucks and “brought a coffin to bury the accused if they were found not guilty. Their violent threats continued in their speeches before the session began.” When the verdict was read, the crowd erupted with “Allahu akbar” (“God is greater”). “Please pray for these three beautiful, gentle women, who were just trying to help save the children of prostitutes from going down the same pathway,” Hammond requested. He said the verdict will undoubtedly be appealed. However, whether true justice can ever be obtained under the intimidation of such anti-Christian radicals remains to be seen.

It is essential that you call the embassy and protest this decision now.
Please call the Indonesian Embassy today and register a polite but firm protest over the verdict of the trial in West Java of Rebecca Laonita, Ratna Mala Bangun, and Ety Pangesti. They have been found guilty of Christianization or trying to convert Muslim children.

Indonesian Embassy US
2020 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington , D.C. 20036, USA
Tel. – 202 – 775 – 5200;
Fax. 202 – 775 – 5365

Indonesian Embassy UK
38 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 2HW

Tel. (020) 7499 7661
Fax. (020) 7491 4993

Indonesian Embassy Canada
Post Mail: 55 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa , Ontario K1Y 1E5, Canada
Phone: (613) 724-1100
Fax: (613) 724-1105