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Five Indonesian Christians on trial over killing of Muslims

ICC Note: This is the second time Christians have been charged with the same crime. 12 Christians were charged 2 weeks ago and now 5 more this week.

4/5/07 Indonesia For full story…..(EarthTimes.org)- Indonesian prosecutors charged five Christians on Wednesday with involvement in the tit-for-tat murder of two Muslims by a mob angry at the execution of Christian militants in Central Sulawesi province last year. Prosecutors charged the five with violations of anti-terrorism laws, which carry a maximum penalty of death.

Chief prosecutor Totok Bambang told the South Jakarta District Court that the five defendants were involved in the killing of two Muslims in the religiously divided region of Poso, Central Sulawesi , in September 2006, reported the state-run Antara news agency.

The murder of two Muslims was aimed at taking revenge for last September’s execution of three Christian militants convicted of leading a mob that massacred hundreds of Muslims in a boarding school in 2003.

The five, together with other defendants, were setting up roadblocks and stopping cars that passed their village in the Poso region of the province in search of Muslims, the prosecutors said.

The Christians dragged two Muslim fish traders from a truck in Poso before murdering them, the prosecutors said.

On Monday, 12 other Christians were also brought on trial, accused of similar charges.

The trial of the Christians came less than two weeks after another Jakarta court convicted three Muslim militants to between 14-to-20 years in prison for the beheadings of three Christian schoolgirls in Poso in 2005.