These men were Christians that retaliated against a wave of two attacks by Muslim Juihadists that were aided and abetted by local political and military leaders. Ten thousand Christians were murdered in the 1998-2003 attacks that were initiated against minority Christians. Somehow, no Muslims were arrested and none are on trial for any of these deaths.
Indonesia to press ahead with execution of three Catholics in Poso
(From Deutchse Press) Jakarta – Indonesia plans to press ahead with the execution of three Catholics convicted for their roles in the religious violence that wracked Central Sulawesi in 2000, despite protests from both Muslim and Christian leaders, a local news report said Wednesday.
The country’s Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh said the execution of the three men – Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva and Marinus Riwu – would be carried out soon after much consideration.
‘I sympathize with the demonstrators (calling for a stay of execution), but I have done much thinking about this case and I must execute the sentences,’ Abdul Rahman told the Jakarta Post. ‘I will accept any consequences.’
Human rights, community and religious leaders have decried the planned executions as a show of biased justice in mostly Muslim Indonesia, as well as an attempt to protect the real masterminds behind the 2000-2001 communal violence in the region, which left more than 1,000 dead.
The government has refused to probe the alleged involvement of 16 people, including military, intelligence and government officials, who have been named by one of the convicts as the masterminds of the conflict.
Lawmakers met with Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Tuesday to stay the executions pending an investigation of the 16 individuals, but Kalla reportedly told them the case was closed and there would be no further investigations.
A spokesman for the attorney general’s office in Jakarta said preparations for the three men’s executions was moving forward.