Saturday, September 30, 2006

Bali bombers wait to launch their appeals

(AAP) Lawyers for three Islamic militants behind the 2002 Bali terrorist blasts say they will wait until after the emotive anniversaries of the attacks to lodge last-ditch appeals against their execution.
Sunday is the first anniversary of the most recent Bali terrorist attack in 2005, when 20 innocent people were killed in three suicide bombings in restaurants in the tourist areas of Kuta and Jimbaran Bay.

Four Australians - Newcastle residents Colin and Fiona Zwolinski, Jennifer Williamson and West Australian Brendan Fitzgerald - were killed, and a further 17 Australians injured.

Dozens of Australians have travelled to Bali to attend a special, tightly-guarded memorial service, where relatives and friends of the victims will lay wreaths in memory of their loved ones.

A second memorial service will also be held on October 12, the fourth anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombings in Kuta, which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.

Imam Samudra, 36, Amrozi bin Nurhasyim, 43, and Ali Ghufron, alias Mukhlas, 46, have been on death row for more than two years after courts convicted them of playing leading roles in the October 2002 Bali nightclub bombings.

Their execution - originally set down for July - was delayed after their lawyers said they planned to lodge a last-ditch appeal, a judicial review, in the Indonesian Supreme Court. However, the legal team is yet to lodge the appeal, with no deadline set under Indonesian law.
Their lawyer, Qadhar Faisal, said the review documents had been finalised, but the appeal would not be lodged for at least two weeks, after the upcoming anniversaries. "We are not rushing here, we have plenty of time as is stated in the law," Faisal told AAP. "And we are also trying to look to the sentiment in Bali. "We are not that stupid to lodge the appeal, for example, on the first of October - that could make Balinese people angry."

The appeal will challenge the use of a retroactive law to execute the three men.

He said any speculation the legal team was attempting to delay the legal process was "absolutely not true". "We just don't want the state to execute someone who doesn't deserve to be executed (under a retroactive law)," Faisal said. "Our client is not afraid to die."

The Bali Crisis Centre, an organisation which counsels trauma victims, said the anniversaries would be a difficult time for the victims and their families, many of whom were still recovering. "Thirty-five per cent of the victims who have been counselled by us are still not coping well," centre coordinator Jean Marie Lumy said. "I think, personally, we don't have to exaggerate the commemoration. "It has a good side of it ... to appreciate the innocent victims who died in a bad way. "But it's not a celebration because it will definitely create fresh wounds. They are still recovering from their previous pain."

And now Amrozi is still whining that execution by firing squad is too painful a death and wants lethal injection or the electric chair instead for a faster death.

Bali security stepped up before bombing anniversary

BALI (AP): Hundreds of Indonesian police were deployed at beaches and tourist spots on Bali island Saturday ahead of the first anniversary of the al-Qaida-linked suicide bombings that killed 20 people.
Tourists were expected to flock to two beaches on Sunday to remember those who died in the Oct. 1, 2005, attacks on three bustling restaurants.
"We want to make sure that mourners who come to Bali to commemorate the event are safe," said Sr. Comr. Antonius Reniban, a spokesman for the island's police force.
Reniban said hundreds of police, many of them in plain clothes, had been deployed.
Last year's near-simultaneous attacks on Kuta and Jimbaran beaches occurred on the busiest night of the week, killing four Australians, one Japanese and 15 Indonesians.
Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has been hit by a string of terrorist attacks in recent years blamed on the al-Qaida-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah. More than240 people have died, many of them foreign tourists.
Indonesia has arrested or convicted more than 150 militants in recent years, and last November killed Jemaah Islamiyah's chief bomb-making expert. But security experts say the group is still capable of carrying out attacks.

Three explosions in Poso

Palu (ANTARA News) - Three explosions likely from home-made bombs occurred when Muslims were eating `sahur` at early hours before fasting in Poso, Central Sulawesi, on Saturday. According to information collected by ANTARA News, the first explosion occurred 1.20 am local time on Jalan Pulau Seram, Kelurahan Gebangrejo. The point of the explosion was found right in front of the fence of Eklesia Church. No claim of life and building damage were reported. The sound of the bomb could be heard within a one kilometer radius. The second explosion was heard at 2.45 and the third one occurred almost the same time as that of the second one. The two explosions were also believed to come from home-made bombs. The second explosion occurred in front of a traditional fish market or about 50 meters from Poso`s bus station and the third on Jalan Tambotoki in Kelurahan Sayo, in Poso. Chief Spokesman for the Central Sulawesi Police Adjunck Senior Commissioner M Kilat confirmed the three explosions in different places at early hours on Saturday. "The explosion came from home-made bombs and claimed no life," Kilat said. He said the security situation in Poso district was under control following an incident vandalizing a police station.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Rioting in Poso returns

Rioting has returned to Poso this afternoon. Reports have come in from Taripa and Pamona Timur. Hundreds were protesting against the execution of Tibo, Marinus and Dominggus. The rioting started after hundreds of protestors gathered on a football field in Taripa at about 3:00 pm WIT were confronted by police. Kapolda ( Head of Police) went by helicopter and vehicle to confront the protestors. The helicopter landed on the field and police tried to dispere the crowd but ended up only angering the protestors and then had to take off immediately as the police became afraid of the crowd. The crowd threw rocks at the helicopter as it left. The protestors, agitated and angered by the confrontation, then chased after the police also at the scene. 4 Police cars, 1 truck, 1 Kijang Mini-bus and 2 motorcycles were torched. They also burned one police post. It is not known if there were any injured during the riot.

Tibo family to report executions to International Court

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The family of Fabianus Tibo, one of three death-row convicts executed last Friday (Sept.22) for committing alleged atrocities in the sectarian conflict in Poso, Central Sulawesi, in 2000, are to report their case to the International Court of Justice. Tibo`s son, Robertus Tibo, in the company of his father`s spiritual adviser Father Jimmy Tumbeleka, told newsmen here Friday the action would be taken as Tibo and his two associates had been put to deatb illegally. Robertus said the government`s decision to execute Tibo, Marinus Riwu and Dominggus da Silva was illegal because they were not given a chance to exercise their constitutional right to appeal for clemency for a second time as provided for in Law No.22/2002, specifically the law`s Article 3 point 2 on clemency. There had been pros and cons before the execution of Tibo, Marinus and Dominggus. Some wanted the execution implemented soon while others opposed it. Robertus said since the beginning the executors had been telling the trio`s families that they (Tibo et al) were innocent but their eventual action contradicted their own words. "That`s why we feel unjustly treated and have come to the conclusion it is difficult for common people to get justice," he said. About the execution of Tibo and friends, Robertus said it was done in an inhumane and uncivilized manner and so it was against Presidential Regulation No.2/1964 on procedures to carry out the death penalty. Father Jimmy Tumbeleka said there was something wrong in the bodies of the convicts like scratchs on Tibo`s temples and it seemed that he had a broken rib. In addition, Tibo`s request to be buried in Maumere was not fulfilled, he said. Therefore, Robertus said, he wanted to continue seeking justice through peaceful means without bearing any rudge against anyone.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Indonesian Government tries to hide torturing of Tibo et al during executions

PADMA Indonesia spokesman and Poso 3 defence team representative, Roy Rening has stated that the execution last week, of Tibo, Riwu and Dominggus was not carried out according to international law and that each man had been shot five times. International law states that a death row convict is not to be shot more than two times. Other irregularities were discovered after the execution as well.
The families of Tibo and Marinus gave permission for the bodies to be examined before burial and it was revealed that each body had 5 bullet wounds. On Tibo's body, there were also two broken ribs on the left backside and three wounds to his face. Marinus' body showed that he had received a 3 - 4 cm knife wound to the heart area and perforations on his back. Pastor Jimmy Tumbelaka said that these wounds were not caused by the execution shooting. This information could prove that Tibo and Marinus were tortured in police custody prior to the execution by firing squad. Preparations will begin for the defence team and family to bring the case to International and UN Human Rights Courts and show that the execution victims had their human rights violated by law enforcement, and their rights violated as declared in Pancasila (state theology) and the 1945 Constitution.

The Indonesian government blatantly tried to hide the evidence that the men were tortured by quickly burying the bodies and not allowing families to care for the bodies as accorded by religious and ethnic funeral practices. Again, the treatment of non-Muslims in the world's most populous Muslim nation is apalling and below the standards of a humane government.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Poso 3 possibly tortured before execution







The body of Dominggus da Silva after requiem mass. Dominggus was originally quickly buried by the Indonesian government showing a lack of consideration to family and religious rites. Photo by Reuters





The family of death row convict Fabianus Tibo, who was executed together with Marianus Riwu and Dominggus da Silva last Friday in the Central Sulawesi city of Poso, said the executors had violated the rules of executions as stipulated in Law No.2/1964. A spokesman for Tibo`s family, Yustinus Sani, said in Ende on Wednesday that five bullet wounds and other bruises on the bodies of Fabianus Tibo and Fabianus Riwu indicated that they were tortured before being executed. Contacted by ANTARA News here on Wednesday, Yustinus said the family was resolved to bring the case to the United Nations Human Rights Court and the International Criminal Court. According to Yustinus, the improprieties in the execution process for the three Poso death row convicts were an arbitrary act by the law enforcers who had violated human rights, the Pancasila (Indonesia`s official state ideology) and the 1945 Constitution. In addition, he said, Tibo`s family also expressed their disappointment over the executors who had intentionally ignored the culture and tradition in Flores and the tradition of the Catholic Church. "For the people of Flores, birth and death are two sacred events which everybody should respect. But the executors in reality intentionally ignored it," Yustinus said. "I feel sad because even those who had died were treated disrespectfully. For example, Dominggus da Silva was buried like an animal. Where is the sense of humanity and protection from the state to its citizens," Yustinus asked. He added that by bringing the case to the UN Human Rights court and International Court, the executors and all related parties in Tibo et al`s execution could give their accounts before the court. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus da Siva were executed by a firing squad early last Friday morning in Palu, Central Sulawesi.

Yes, it would be great if all involved like Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh, Central Sulawesi Police Chief Badrodin Haiti and others were convicted and sentenced to jail time for their part but it's very doubtful that's going to happen. The UN is pro Muslim and anti-Christian in its actions and decisions. UN Human Rights is an oxymoron.

Police chief denies wounds on Tibo's body

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - National Police Chief Gen Sutanto has denied rumors that there were several wounds of torture on the body of Fabianus Tibo who was executed with Marianus Riwu and Dominggus da Silva in the Central Sulawesi city of Palu early last Friday. "It is not true that there were wounds on Tibo`s boday," Sutanto told newsmen before attending a cabinet meeting chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the presidential office here on Wednesday. The national police chief also denied that Tibo et al were shot more than once by the firing squad. Sutanto made the statement after being asked about a rumor that there were several knife wounds on Tibo`s dead body. According to the rumor, the wounds on Tibo`s body had been photographed by East Nusa Tenggara community figures and the photographs were distributed among the domestic and international communities. However, Sutanto also denied that the firing squad had violated an international rule allowing a death row convict to be shot at most two times. According to the rumors Tibo et al were shot five to eight times by the firing squad. "It is not true," Sutanto said, adding that every country had its own legal rules. Meanwhile, Tibo`s family in Ende, East Nusa Tenggara, said on Wednesday that the executors had violated the rules of executions, stipulated in Law No.2/1964.
A spokesman for Tibo`s family, Yustinus Sani, said five bullet wounds and other bruises on the bodies of Fabianus Tibo and Fabianus Riwu indicated that they had been tortured before being executed. According to Yustinus, the improprieties in the execution process for the three death row convicts in Poso riot were an arbitrary act of the law enforcers who had violated human rights, Pancasila (Indonesia`s state ideology) and the 1945 Constitution. In addition, he said, the family also expressed their disappointment over the executors who had intentionally ignored the culture and traditions in Flores and the tradition of the Catholic Church. "For the people of Flores, birth and death are two sacred events that have to be respected by the executors but in reality, they have intentionally ignored it," Yustinus said. "I feel sad because even those who have died were treated disrespectfully . For example, Dominggus da Silva was buried like an animal. Where is the sense of humanity and protection from the state to its nationalities?" Yustinus asked.


There is no sense of humanity with this government.

Ambassador to explain Lee Kuan Yew's comments

JAKARTA (AP): Indonesia has asked Singapore's ambassador to explain remarks by the city-state's founding father that ethnic Chinese were "systematically marginalized" in the sprawling archipelago, an official said Wednesday.
Singapore elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew's comments were "inaccurate" and required explanation, said Yuri Thamrin, director of the Indonesian foreign ministry's East Asian and Pacific Affairs division.


What part of Indonesia has treated Indonesian Chinese as second class citizens and continues to, don't you understand?

"We have asked the Singaporean ambassador (Ashok Kumar Mirpuri) for clarification," Thamrin said.
Lee told a forum in Singapore on Sept. 15 that the city-state's neighboring countries, Malaysia and Indonesia, "have problems with the Chinese. They are successful, they are hardworking, and therefore, they are systematically marginalized."


But mostly because they're not Muslim.

He also said the two countries "want Singapore, to put it simply, to be like their Chinese -- compliant."
Indonesia and Malaysia both have ethnic Chinese minorities, while Chinese make up the majority in much-smaller Singapore.
Several Indonesian lawmakers have protested Lee's remarks, noting that Indonesia's ethnic Chinese were a dominant force in Southeast Asia's largest economy and held several key posts in the government despite representing just 3 percent of the 220 million population.


The Chinese are still not treated like "full" Indonesians. They still face racism, prejudice and unfair treatment from 'pribumi', the indigenous Indonesians. Allowing the Chinese to celebrate Imlek (Chinese New Year) doesn't make up for years of intolerance and poor treatment. Who was targeted during the 1998 riots in Jakarta? Whose businesses and homes were looted and destroyed? Which ethnic group had women raped and beaten during the 1998 riots by lawless Muslims?

Malaysia also has sought an explanation from Lee -- who was Singapore's prime minister from 1959 to 1990 and retains the title minister mentor -- and warned that the comments could strain bilateral ties. Thamrin said Mirpuri was summoned on Tuesday, but did not elaborate on the discussions or the ambassador's response.

Whilst I have observed first hand over the years, numerous accounts of poor treatment and racism by pribumi against the Chinese, none was worse than days after the tsunami in Aceh. I was helping with relief efforts in Banda Aceh when I saw 'pribumi' and military trying to charge Chinese for water and relief supplies. The supplies were free and meant for all Indonesians. The distributors said that the supplies were only for pribumi and if Chinese wanted them they had to pay. Absolutely sickening!! Luckily a Chinese businessman from Medan was able to rescue many Chinese from the area from the devastation and abominal treatment by indigenous Indonesians.

Police reject decapitation for Bali Bombers

The Republic of Indonesia National Police (Polri) rejected the request of three death penalty convicts of the Bali Bombing I case, Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Ali Gufron alias Muchlas for the method of death be changed to decapitation. Inspector General Paulus Purwoko, Polri spokesperson, said the legal system in Indonesia does not acknowledge that kind of punishment. “So we are not fulfilling their punishment request,” Paulus told reporters, Tuesday (26/9) at his office. Imam Samudra and the other convicts, via the Muslim Legal Defense Team (TPM), plan to propose a judicial review on State Decree No.2/1964 on the death penalty execution procedure to the Constitutional Court. The death penalty execution by firing squad is regarded as very painful. “After being shot, it generally takes two minutes before the person dies. Our clients ask to be decapitated,” said Mahendradata, TPM Head.

Live by the sword, die by the sword

Same old problems in Indonesia

An Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) figure, Taufik Kiemas, husband of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri, said earlier the recent riots in several cities in East Nusa Tenggara concerned happenings in the legal and justice fields in the country."This is a commonly committed act and must immediately be overcome," he said.
A political observer from the University of Indonesia, Audy Wuysang, meanwhile expressed surprise that the state had pushed through the execution of Tibo and his associates although data showed they were not the masterminds of the Poso conflict. "In short, the state has once again shown its arrogance," he said.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Police arrest nine for masterminding NTT riots

KUPANG, East Nusa Tenggara (Antara): Police in East Nusa Tenggara arrested nine people, who were accused of masterminding riots in two separated places in the province, following the executions of three Christians in Central Sulawesi last Friday.
"We have arrested nine people since the riots erupted. We will carry out further investigations to the incident," provincial police spokesman Comr. Marthen Radja was quoted by Antaranews agency as saying Tuesday.
Fabianus Tibo, 60, Marinus Riwu, 48, and Dominggus da Silva, 42, were executed on the southern outskirts of Palu, the Central Sulawesi provincial capital. The men were found guilty of leading a Christian militia that launched a series of attacks in May 2000-- including a machete and gun assault on an Islamic school that left at least 70 men dead.
It was one of the most brutal attacks during sectarian violence that swept Central Sulawesi from 1998 in 2002, killing more than 1,000 people from both faiths. A peace deal largely ended the bloodshed, though isolated attacks have continued.
The executions sparked outrages of Christian mobs in Central Sulawesi and East Nusa Tenggara.
The mobs blockaded roads in Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara, looted Muslim-owned shops and burned a prison, freeing hundreds of inmates. On the island of Flores, the executed men's birthplace, machete-wielding mobs ran through the streets, sending women and children running in panic.
Marthen said that six people were arrested in Atambua regency and the three others were arrested in Sikka regency.
Sikka Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Endang Syafruddin said that the police have collected a number of evidence, including photographs of the involvement of the three before they were arrested.
"They provoked the mobs to burn markets and to stone Legislative Council," he added.

Five detained for vandalism in Atambua

This from Yemris Fointuna, The Jakarta Post, Kupang

Belu Police have detained five people for alleged involvement in recent riots in Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara, where government buildings were damaged in protest against the executions of three Catholic convicts in Palu, Central Sulawesi.
The police said Monday they had complete documentation on acts allegedly committed by the five, who are currently detained at the Belu Police Headquarters for questioning, during the attacks Friday.
"They were caught on camera when they burned the official residence of the Atambua Prosecutors' Office, vandalized the Atambua Prosecutors' Office, Atambua District Court, forced the opening of the Atambua penitentiary gate and damaged stalls, shops and kiosks," said a police officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The situation in both Atambua and Maumere, where the violent protests took place after the execution of the so-called Poso 3, was returning to normal Monday.
Belu Deputy Regent Gregorius Mau Bili confirmed the arrests.
"I've just got information from the police that there are five people who have been arrested and detained in their capacity as witnesses. The police have also pledged to capture the masterminds who provoked the anarchical actions," Gregorius said.
Leaders from different faiths in Belu, under the sponsorship of the Religious Figures Communication Forum, have supported the police's endeavor to apprehend the rioters and the instigators, he said.
"All the religious figures -- be they Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist -- supported the police's actions."
Gregorius said the local district court and prosecutors' office were still not running at full capacity because of damage to computer networks and workstations, as well as the loss of important documents.
"Civil servants from the two buildings are working in other rooms which were not affected by the riots, but the trial process is not operating as expected," he said, adding that a number of prisoners who fled during the riots were recapture or voluntarily surrendered to the authorities.


"As of this afternoon, 135 of the 205 prisoners who fled have returned to the penitentiary."
All of the judges at Maumere District Court are refusing to return to work because they say they have been terrorized by an unidentified group of people.
Maumere District Court chief Parlin Hutahahean said that the Justice and Human Rights Ministry and East Nusa Tenggara High Court agreed to allowing all judges and their staff members in Maumere to remain away from work until the end of the Idul Fitri celebration in late October.
"All the judges can take a long holiday. Some of them have even left Maumere to go home and rest. Only three of the 14 judges insisted on staying here," Parlin said.
Sikka Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Endang Syafruddin said three rioters detained at the local police headquarters had been declared suspects in the attacks on the government buildings.
"The police named them suspects because they have credible proof of their activities."

Italians protest against the Poso three executions

Forza Italia!! Grazie!!
A number of people on Monday demonstrated outside the Indonesian Embassy in Rome, Italy, to protest the execution on September 22 of Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva and Marianus Riwu who had been sentenced to death for inciting sectarian violance in Central Sulawesi town of Poso in 2001, an embassy official told ANTARA here by phone. "The embassy in Rome respects the reaction of Italian people who are not satisfied about the Indonesian government`s decision to execute Tibo et al," embassy spokesman Artanto Wigadindata said. But it was the Indonesian govenment`s firm belief that respect for the law was an important principle in upholding demoratic values. Therefore, the legal decision to execute the three death row convicts had to be respected by all parties, he said. He said the decision to execute Tibo et al was made by an agency outside the government so the government could not meddle in it.


That's not true, you're just passing the blame. The government could have stopped it! President Yudhoyono could have stopped it by granting clemency. Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh could have stopped if he wanted to. Former President Gus Dur asked him to stop it. The Police Commissioner could have stopped it. The Governor of Central Sulawesi could have stopped it. The Attorney General of Central Sulawesi could have stopped it.

The original Police Commissioner and Central Sulawesi Attorney General had stopped it for further investigation into the evidence and then were replaced by people who would let the executions go on. What kind of dirty politics is this? Obviously a push by the government to make sure nothing stopped the executions. The blood of these three innocent men is on the hands of the Government of Indonesia.

Asked about the rally outside the Indonesian Embassy in Rome, Imron Cottan said everybody had the right to stage a rally to express disappointment at something, provided the rally did not disrupt the embassy`s performance as Indonesia was protected by the Vienna Convention.

British Forces kill Omar al-Faruq

CNN just reported that British forces in Iraq killed Omar al-Faruq. Faruq, had previously escaped from an Afghanistan jail after having been captured and deported to Afghanistan by Indonesia. He was also involved with the bombing of many Indonesian churches, and the training of Islamic militants for Muslim/Christian clashes in Indonesia as well.

This from an article in TIME about Al-Faruq : Confessions of an Al-Qaeda Terrorist

According to a secret CIA document and regional intelligence reports obtained by TIME, U.S. officials already had reason to believe al-Faruq was one of bin Laden's top representatives in Southeast Asia, responsible for coordinating the activities of the region's disparate Islamic militant groups and employing their forces to conduct terror attacks against the U.S. and its allies.

According to the CIA document, al-Faruq said two senior al-Qaeda officials, Abu Zubaydah and Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, had ordered him to "plan large-scale attacks against U.S. interests in Indonesia, Malaysia, (the) Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and Cambodia. In particular," the document continues, "(al-)Faruq prepared a plan to conduct simultaneous car/truck bomb attacks against U.S. embassies in the region to take place on or near" the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Intelligence reports and TIME's investigation revealed that: With al-Faruq acting as the point man, al-Qaeda received financial and operational assistance from Jemaah Islamiah (JI), a militant group that seeks to establish a pure Islamic state in Southeast Asia and is active in at least five countries — Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. The CIA report states that Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, 64, the cleric who is the alleged spiritual leader of JI, "authorized Faruq to use JI operatives and resources to conduct" the embassy bombings planned for last week; al-Faruq told the CIA that Ba'asyir dispatched a JI member named Abu al-Furkan to oversee a planned attack on the U.S. embassy in Malaysia. Al-Faruq said Ba'asyir was also behind a 1999 bombing of Jakarta's largest mosque and then blamed Christians for the act. Ba'asyir is wanted by Singapore for his alleged role as the mastermind of last December's foiled al-Qaeda plot to bomb U.S. targets there.

Maybe he was trying to get home to Kuwait? All I have to say is "you reap what you sow". Another bad guy bites the dust.

Monday, September 25, 2006

No countries protested the executions

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has so far received no protest or objection from any friendly country over the execution on September 22 of three Indonesians sentened to death for inciting violence in the eastern Indonesian town of Poso in 2000, a senior Foreign Ministry official said. Some of the countries had only expressed concern about the event, the ministry`s secretary general, Imron Cottan, said on Monday. The decision to execute the three death-row convicts was made by an agency outside the government so the government could not meddle in it, he said. Asked whether it was true that certain people would stage a rally outside the Indonesian embassy in Rome, he said he had yet to receive such a report. He added, however, everybody had the right to stage a rally to express disappointment at something, provided the rally did not disrupt the embassy`s performance as Indonesia was protected by the Vienna Convention. Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva and Marianus Riwu died in front of a police firing squad at Poboyo village in south Palu, Central Sulawesi. Some circles have expressed regret at the executions. In reaction, Vice President Jusuf Kalla asked the public not to link the executions to a certain religion or ethnic group, stressing the case was a purely legal matter.

Big turnouts for burials of Poso 3

Thousands of mourners attended Sunday's burial in Morowali regency, Central Sulawesi, of two of three Catholic men executed last week for leading sectarian attacks, while the body of the third was flown home to Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara.
Their executions by firing squad early Friday in the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu sparked violence, with mobs vandalizing government buildings and police posts in Maumere and storming a jail in Atambua on western Timor island.
At least 5,000 mourners were present at the burial of Fabianus Tibo, who was buried in Beteleme village, Lembo district, in Morowali. The burial ceremony, led by Father Jimmy Tumbelaka, started at 11 a.m. local time and ended at 14:30 p.m. with his interment.
The body of Martinus Riwu was buried in Molore village, Petania district, about 25 kilometers from Beteleme. Martinus' burial was led by Father Jacob Adilang.
"The burial ceremony was orderly," Kinsen Lumintang, a Catholic youth activist, was quoted as saying by Antara newswire.
Soldiers and police guarded churches and mosques in Poso and along roads leading to Beteleme and Molore.
Before the burial, Poso Regent Piet Inkiriwang tried to hand over Rp 5 million (about US$525) in cash to the bereaved relatives of the men, but they refused the money.
Relatives said they were disappointed by the regency's failure to prevent the executions, and especially comments that the executions should be expedited because of security concerns.
Meanwhile, the body of Dominggus da Silva, who had been buried in Palu after his execution, was exhumed and flown back to Maumere on Sunday, his lawyer Roy Rening said.
On eastern Flores island, thousands lined the streets as his body of the 41-year-old public transportation driver was driven from Waioti airport in Maumere to Waidoko graveyard.
The arrival of his body was greeted by his family, Deputy Governor of East Nusa Tenggara Frans Leburaya, Kupang's Wirasakti Military Commander Col. Arif Rachman, East Nusa Tenggara Police chief Brig. Gen. Robert B. Sadarum, Sikka Regent Aleks Longginus and other local government officials.
After a brief stop at his family home, the body was taken to St. Yoseph Cathedral where a prayer session was led by Maumere Diocese official Father Frans Fao for about 10,000 mourners. Dominggus was later buried beside the grave of his father.
Tibo, Marinus and Dominggus were convicted of leading a Christian militia that carried out a series of attacks in May 2000 in Sulawesi, including a machete and gun assault on an Islamic school where dozens of men were seeking shelter. More than 1,000 people of both faiths died in four years of fighting.
But human rights groups have raised questions over the fairness of the trial, and questioned whether the three men were high-ranking fighters. Some analysts have suggested that Indonesia bowed to pressure from hardline groups.

Many Sulawesi Christians, who have been the target of regular terrorist attacks since large-scale clashes ended in 2002, said they wanted to see an end to the spike in tensions since the executions.
"All of us here want peace," Lapasiana toldAP before going to church in Poso on Sunday. "We do not want any more war or killings."
Meanwhile, the Sikka Police have arrested three people for alleged involvement in the vandalism and arson of government buildings on Friday.
They were accused of taking part in riots which destroyed Maumere District Court, the local legislative council building and Maumere prosecutor's office.


Yemris Fointuna contributed to this article from Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Police stop church closure

Finally some action from the police to stop radicals from taking the law into their own hands. Where have the police been all along while hundreds and hundreds of churches have illegally been shut down?

The suppression of religious freedom in this predominantly Muslim nation continues in West Java, where dozens of churches and places of worship have been forcibly closed by Muslim extremists over the past year.
A mob of around 50 people attempted Saturday to demolish a house they claimed was being used illegally by Christians as a place of worship in the hamlet of Cibintinu, Arjasari village, some 20 kilometers south of Bandung.
But police foiled the attempted closure of the church, telling the mob that neither individuals nor organizations were authorized to shut any house of worship.
The incident took place a day before Muslims across the country started the fasting month of Ramadhan.
The abortive attempt received the backing of Muslim hard-liners grouped under the Anti-Apostasy Division (DAP) of the Islamic Ulema Forum (FUUI) led by Suryana Nur Fatwama.
The move began at around 9 a.m. after a meeting at a nearby mosque. The mob then marched to Yayasan Penginjilan Roti Kehidupan church, where they talked to church administrator Ibu Eri.
As she refused to close the church, the crowd tried to start destroying the roof of the building. Around 10 policemen then arrived at the scene and told the mob to leave.
"We ask all of you to be patient. Anybody who tries to touch this building will be arrested," said Bandung Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Suparman who arrived later.
He said no group was allowed under the law to close down or demolish a house of worship except the local authorities.
The mob later dispersed but insisted that they would return to the scene if the church continued its activities.
According to Faidin, a local neighborhood official in charge of spiritual affairs, the church started activities two weeks ago, around one year after being "closed" by local residents.
"It has a congregation of only seven members, including two residents from the local village. The two had just converted to Christianity," Faidin said.
"We are disturbed by their presence and worried if they spread their teachings among local residents who are nearly 100 percent Muslim," he added.
No local Christian leaders were available to respond.
Under the revised joint decree issued earlier this year by Religious Affairs Minister Maftuh Basyuni and Home Minister M. Ma'ruf, the establishment of a house of worship must gain the approval of at least 60 local residents and have a minimum of 90 followers.
Churches in several cities across West Java have been under threat due to the actions of Islamic extremists including the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) and the Alliance of Anti-Apostasy Movement.
The number of churches forcibly closed in West Java alone since September 2004 is reported to be 30. Dozens of other churches were also forced to close in other provinces.
The UK-based human rights watchdog Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has warned of the increasing trend in church closures in West Java, raising international concern.

Maumere under control now

Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) - The security situation in Maumere district`s capital of Sikka in Flores island, East Nusa Tenggara province, is under control before the arrival (scheduled today) of Dominggus da Silva`s body from Denpasar, Bali. "The security situation is under control although thousands of people take to the street to welcome Dominggus` body," spokesman for the East Nusa Tenggara provincial police Commissioner Marthen Radja told ANTARA here Sunday. According to Marthen, the provincial police chief Brig.Gen. Robertus Belarminus Sadarum has been in Maumere since Saturday (Sept 23) and met with local religious and public leading figures to talk about ways to prevent people from committing anarchic acts. He expressed hope the people could take part in the religious procession bringing Dominggus` body to the graveyard but would not acts which could disturb the security condition in the district. A resident of Maumere, Bernadus Kopong, said the main road on which the ambulance carrying Dominggus` body will pass is already crowded by thousands of people who are standing along the road orderly. A police officer told ANTARA that the aircraft carrying Dominggus` body was scheduled to arrive in Waloti airport at 12.30 (local time) from Denpasar, Bali.

Calm prevails after executions


Government building burnt in Maumere

Palu (ANTARA News) - Conditions were calmer and under control after Indonesian government deployed thousands of security forces to guard public areas Saturday in Central Sulawesi province. Angry mobs had rioted Friday in Christian areas of Indonesia after the government carried out early-morning executions of three Christian men convicted of massacring Muslims during sectarian violence six years ago. In East Nusa Tenggara province, the condemned men's birthplace, mobs attacked offices and houses, torched a car and destroyed the main gate to a local prison in the town Atambua, allowing hundreds of inmates to escape. "Situation are now calmer, no more riots or mobs on the streets," provincial police spokesman Major Marten Raja told Deutsche Presse-Agentur DPA, by telephone from Kupang, the provincial capital. Only one person was injured in Friday's rights, he said. "There were 205 inmates who escaped, but until today, 22 have recaptured," Raja said.
A police firing squad in Palu, capital of Central Sulawesi province, executed the three men, who were convicted and sentenced to death in 2001 despite international appeals for clemency. The condemned Christians - Fabianus Tibo, 60, Marianus Riwu, 48, and Domingus da Silva, 42 - were executed around 1:50 am at an undisclosed location, the earliest moment that their sentences of capital punishment could be carried out. The bodies of Tibo and Riwu were placed on police helicopters and flown back for burial to their village of Beteleme in Central Sulawesi's Morowalai district. Da Silva was buried overnight in Palu, though family members accompanied by Catholic priest dug up his grave Friday night to let the deceased have a "proper" Roman Catholic burial.
The men had been found guilty of leading a Christian militia that launched a series of attacks on Muslims in May 2000 in Poso district,including a gun-and-machete assault in which at least 70 people taking refugee in an Islamic school were killed. The massacre was one of the bloodiest incidents of sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims that swept through previously harmonious Central Sulawesi from 1998 to 2002, leaving more than 1,000 people from both communities dead and tens of thousands homeless. The convicted men maintained their innocence. They said that prosecutors refused to investigate 16 people including military, intelligence and government officials, implicated by one of the defendants as the masterminds of the conflict. Defence lawyers said that the death sentences were unfair because numerous Muslims convicted of religious violence, including scores of murders, only received prison sentences.
The Jakarta government had postponed the Poso executions once, after Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter to Yudhoyono - though authorities insisted the delay was for "technical reasons." The European Union released a statement expressing "disappointment" and called on the Jakarta government to halt future planned executions.
More than 80 per cent of Indonesia's 220 million people are Muslim, but the Christian and Muslim populations in Central Sulawesi are roughly equal. Sporadic bombings and killings in the region, about 1,650 kilometres northeast of Jakarta, have continued since Muslim and Christian leaders signed a peace accord in late 2001.

Indonesia defends Christian executions

NEW YORK - Indonesia's foreign minister said Saturday that the execution a day earlier of three Roman Catholic militants for bloody attacks on Muslims six years ago was a matter of justice not religion.
The comments by Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda came as thousands of security forces in parts of central and eastern Indonesia stood watch around churches and markets to guard against a repeat of the violence Friday, carried about by Christian mobs who torched cars and looted stores in anger over the executions.
"The case was a pure enforcement of law. It has nothing to do with the questions of tolerance between Islam and other religions," the minister told The Associated Press in an interview on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting. "All the legal remedies have been exhausted."


Excuse me, all legal remedies were not exhausted but the Indonesian government chose to ignore all evidence and pushed the executions through before Ramadan.

The Vatican expressed "great regret" over the executions, and called for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence among different religions in the country. The uproar occurred as many Muslim around the world protested recent comments about Islam made by Pope Benedict. Pope Benedict XVI, who has since expressed regret.

Regret that Muslims didn't read the whole text from the lecture and still fail to understand the context in which it was used and that their rage is totally uncalled for.

The government's decision to execute the three Christians raised questions about the role religion played in handing down punishment for the unrest in central Sulawesi province, which largely ended with the signing of a peace deal four years ago. Only a handful of Muslims were convicted, all to 15 years in jail or less, for their roles in the sectarian violence that killed at least 1,000 people from both sides in Sulawesi from 1998 to 2002.
Human rights workers say the trial of the three Christians was a sham. But Wirajuda said the cases were reviewed by local courts, provincial courts and the supreme court. The government, he said, must now meet with religious leaders to convince them that justice had been carried out without consideration of religion.

Sorry, that's just not going to happen. How can you convince us that it was not religiously motivated when evidence implicating Muslim government officials, military and politicians were responsible was not allowed because it would further complicate the situation and embarrass Muslims? And what about the radical Muslims who are allowed to intimidate judicial outcomes by threatening violence including death threats to defence lawyers, defendants and judges if the verdict is not up to their liking?

"We have a truly independent judiciary," Wirajuda said. "This is a new Indonesia."

Yes, it is a new Indonesia. An Indonesia where extremists are allowed to hijack the judicial procedure which further complicates a system already racked with corruption, collusion and bribery.

The three Christians were put to death as the government prepares for the executions of three Muslim militants convicted in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.
In Indonesia, a curfew was imposed in Maumere, a town on Flores island, where the condemned men were born, after crowds Friday set fire to the local parliament and court buildings to protest the trio's deaths by firing squad.
The eastern regions saw most of Friday's violence, with Christian mobs looting Muslim-owned shops, throwing rocks, blockading roads and setting cars on fire. In one town, machete-wielding youths ran through the streets terrorizing residents.
Gangs also assaulted a jail in the West Timor town of Atambua, freeing some 200 inmates after terrified guards fled to the nearby jungle.
Soldiers and policemen were scouring the jungles Saturday for some 180 inmates still missing, said local police chief Lt. Col. Heb Behen, adding that reinforcements had been called in to protect residents.
The town of Palu, the provincial capital of Central Sulawesi and the scene of Friday's pre-dawn executions, was quiet on Saturday with hundreds of police patrolling the main roads.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Vatican expresses great regret over executions

VATICAN CITY (AP): The Vatican expressed "great regret" Saturday over the execution of three Roman Catholic militants in Indonesia, and called for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence among different religions in the country.
The trio, accused of carrying out bloody attacks on Muslims during sectarian fighting in 2000, were executed early Friday.
Pope Benedict XVI had appealed to the Indonesian president in August to spare their lives, citing "humanitarian grounds."
"The Holy See has learned news of the execution with great regret," the Vatican said in a statement.
It recounted efforts by the pope and Vatican officials to halt the executions, and said the appeals were on a "strictly humanitarian level" and were "inspired by the well known position of the Catholic Church on the death penalty."
The Vatican, staunchly opposed to capital punishment, has campaigned in favor of a moratorium.
"The Holy See, with its interventions, has meant not least to contribute to efforts in favor of the process of reconciliation in Indonesia and to the traditional peaceful coexistence among those belonging to different religions - which it hopes will continue characterizing that great country," the statement said.

Indonesian military will never launch a coup

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Political analyst Sukardi Rinakit said here on Friday that the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) would not launch a coup d`etat as its counterpart in Thailand had done. "I believe the TNI will never stage a coup as what happened in Thailand. We have no history with TNI launching a coup," he said after attending a seminar on the voting right of TNI members here on Friday. Sukardi Rinakit, who is also executive director of Soegeng Sarjadi Syndicate (SSS), cited an example the fact that the TNI did not launch a coup during the political chaos that plagued the country in 1955. He said the Indonesian military would not harm its own interest as by launching a military coup as it would only tarnish its own image. In case the TNI is disappointed with the government, it would not take any action that would lead to a coup but try to influence civilian politicians or other elements, such as students, to mount an opposition to the government. TNI Chief Marshal Djoko Suyanto made it clear on Wednesday that there is no such thing as `coup d`etat` in TNI`s vocabulary, considering that the TNI put democracy in its highest esteem. "All the nation`s components, including the TNI, have agreed to carry out good and democratic governance in Indonesia," he said. He said that TNI respected the authority of the civil government which was elected democratically by the majority of the people.

Are we forgetting the failed coup attempt fiasco on September 30, 1965 when six generals were killed (probably by the army itself) and then the army led by Major-General Soeharto emerged as the leader of the country effectively forcing President Sukarno to transfer authority to Soeharto. Then Major-General Soeharto began his reign of terror persecuting, imprisoning and slaughtering Indonesians who didn't fall in line with his ideology. The slaughter of minority Chinese, Christians and Balinese Hindus at the hands of Soeharto occured. What, does this political analyst and TNI Chief Marshall think the Indonesian people have forgotten? We have not forgotten. Especially after Soeharto's trans-migration plan brought a large influx of Muslims into Christian areas leading to eventual religious conflicts in Sulawesi and Maluku supported by the Indonesian government and TNI. We have not forgotten.

Survivor of deadly attack receiving rehab

Noviana Malewa

The only survivor of a machete attack by radical Muslims on four Christian high school girls successfully has had surgery on her massive injury, and officials with Voice of the Martyrs say they are working on additional treatments for her.
Noviana Malewa and three of her friends were walking on a school path Oct 29, 2005, when they were assaulted by jihadists wielding machetes. Three of the girls were decapitated and Noviana suffered a massive slash that ran from her cheek to her neck.
After being under police protection for several months, there were negotiations so she could be moved from her hiding place to the location of her hospitalization, according to an announcement from VOM yesterday.
She recently underwent surgery in Surabaya, Indonesia, to address a number of complications from the injury, as well as the scarring, officials said. She had suffered from an involuntary tick in her eye, and another near her mouth, because of the deep cut.
She also had severe nerve damage and a dislocated jaw, and deals with severe and sudden pain as well as the emotional trauma of having survived such a gruesome attack, officials said.
Scar tissue is being treated.
VOMedical said it was pleased to be able to help so far, and will continue to provide what help will be useful.
"She must daily massage her face to stimulate nerve growth and expose her scarring to infra-red beam treatment for five minutes," VOM said. "Neuro-medicine therapy and skin salves must also be administrated on a daily basis."
Help from a plastic surgeon reduced the scarring, which boosted her morale, officials said.
VOM sources in Indonesia said the attack happened as the four girls were walking through a cocoa plantation on their way to a private Christian high school in Posa Kota subdistrict.
Noviana, now 16, and Theresia Morangke, 15, Yarni Sambue, 15, and Alfita Poliwo, 17, were ambushed by six masked Islamic terrorists, who decapitated the three. Noviana survived because the sword slash did not make a direct connection and she ran away bleeding.
Authorities reported the heads of the three girls were found in bags on the steps of a church and along a road, carrying a message, "We will murder 100 more Christian teenagers and their heads will be presented as presents."
The
Pakistan Christian Post reported that Noviana recalled streaming with blood.
"All I could do was pray to Jesus for his help,' she said.
The report said Muslim-Christian violence killed almost 1000 people on Sulawesi between 2000 and 2002, and a peace agreement has not halted the bombings, shootings and other attacks on Christians near Poso.

And we still wait for the assailants to be tried and convicted for the barbaric beheadings of the three schoolgirls. Please pray for the successful rehabilitation of Noviana's wound and that she will be safe from any other attacks.

Bali Bomber chatting in prison?

TEMPO Interactive, Solo: Imam Samudra, a prisoner on death row for the Bali I Bombing , has denied asking Agung Setiadi to send a laptop to him when Imam was still in the Kerobokan prison at Denpasar, Bali. According to him, you could not smuggle goods without being caught by fully-armed officers who strictly guarded him . Imam's denial was delivered to Achmad Michdan, his lawyer on the Muslim Defender Team, who visited him yesterday (21/9) at the Batu prison at Nusakambangan. “All information given by Agung and Beni Irawan (the wardens at Kerobokan) about laptops and chatting were denied by Imam Samudra,” Achmad told Tempo. He said that Imam only laughed when being asked of the new accusation. “If I had a computer, why did I have to write a book and letters by longhand?” he said quoting Imam. Achmad recognized that he always carried paper and ballpoint with him, in compliance with Imam's request, every time he visited Imam at the Kerobokan prison. Imam has also refuted Beni's statement that the laptop was smuggled through a ventilator. According to Imam, the ventilator of the prison is very narrow so that it was impossible for the laptop to be inserted into it. The denial was the first statement made by Imam since police had announced that he had controlled the Bali II Bombing on October 1, 2005 from prison. Police confidence was based on Agung's admission, a computer science lecturer at a private university in Semarang, Central Java, who was arrested on 16 August 16 of this year in Semarang. Four days before, police had arrested Muhammad Agung Prabowo, a hacker cum university student at a private university in Semarang. Agung admitted having chatted with Imam through the Internet. Imam then asked Agung to send a laptop from Semarang to Beni Irawan, a Kerobokan warden, who would hand it over to Imam. Beni had testified giving the laptop to Imam through the ventilator of the cell. However, police are yet to check Imam on this.Brigadier General Anton Bachrul Alam, the spokesperson of the Indonesian Police, has considered the denial as Imam's right. “Police are investigating Imam's laptop,” he said yesterday (21/9).

by Imron Rosyid, Erwin Dariyanto

Why not? Wardens and prison personnel are bribed all the time. Probably sending instructions for this year's bombing yet to be carried out.

A Big Thanks!!

I would like to personally thank Dr. Rusty Shackleford of The Jawa Report and Michelle Malkin for their mention and links to this blog so that more people from around the world could be updated on the execution of three innocent Christians by the Indonesian government. May your sites continue to reveal the truth in a corrupt and biased media system and be a voice of reason in this ever increasingly anti-truth, anti-democratic, anti-justice and anti-Western world. God Bless You!!

Government cannot escape responsibility for riots

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A number of politicians hare Friday expressed regret that the government appeared to be at a loss about what to do in dealing with the riots that took place after the execution of Fabianus Tibo and his two associates earlier in the day. Jacobus Mayongpadang from the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDIP) faction in the House of Representatives (DPR) and Immanuel Blegur from the Golkar Party criticized the government for having called on the community and religious leaders to immediately act to calm down the people in connection with the execution as if the riots that had happened in Atambua and Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara Timur were not its responsibility. They made the statement in comment on the occupation of the prosecutor`s office and a break-in into a prison in Atambua by people sympathizing with Tibo and his associates. Their action at the jail enabled 200 prisoners to flee. The politicians deplored an Attorney General`s statement that his office was a mere tool in the execution process and calling on the community and religious leaders to give enlightenment to the people, especially in the birthplace of Tibo and his associates in Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara. "That is not right. They must not turn things upside down. It is the government in the first place that must bear responsibility for the fallout. They must have already anticipated any eventuality. The government should not shift its responsibility to the people after the riots occurred," Jacobus told ANTARA News. Blegur said, "We need to discuss many things concerning the process that has led to the execution and why the government seemed to be upset over the riots that happened after the execution. "He said he hoped there would be a further fairer follow-up linked to the Tibo case to calm the people. DPR spokesman Agung Laksono meanwhile called on the people in Atambua especially to try to understand the case. "I also hope the police could immediately take security measures to maintain order," he said to newsmen.

Pak Agung, the people DO understand the case and the government's mishandling of the case from the beginning right up to the execution has led to the response we have seen in East Nusa Tenggara. If the case had been tried properly and ALL EVIDENCE, no matter how embarrassing to local police, local Poso prosecutors and local Central Sulawesi politicians, was admitted, no one was intimidated and threatened with death by violent mobs of radical Muslims during trial as police smiled and looked on, and the verdict was still guilty, then maybe they could accept it without a violent reaction. Until Indonesia learns to conduct trials based on all evidence presented, does not allow intimidation by outside forces, bribery and corruption of officials and judges, and allows due process to take place in a fair system for all, regardless of religion or ethnicity, then the people of this country will never know what true justice is. We look at the case of three Christian Sunday school teachers being jailed 3 years for religious conversion when the children had the parent's permission to be in the program and had not converted. What kind of justice is that? Violent pressure from radical Islamists on the lawyers, judges, the defendants and the police at the courthouse forced an illogical and unjust verdict. The Indonesian government cannot permit outside influence of this nature and it is these people terrorizing trials that need to be jailed and made examples of. This is why Christians are angry. It appears that Muslims are able to influence the outcome of trials of Christians and that there is no justice for Christians. The longer it is left undealt with by the government, the closer we will come to renewed conflicts. The question is, is THIS what the government wants?

Friday, September 22, 2006

Indonesian government denied Poso three their last rites

Hours before the planned executions, Central Sulawesi police and prosecutors rejected the convicts' request for last rites, and for traditional funeral processions for Dominggus and Marinus in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, where they are from.
The convicts' request to have their remains taken to Santa Maria church in Palu was also rejected, and police decided against sending the remains of Dominggus and Marinus back to their hometowns, fearing it would trigger problems.
Dominggus is to be buried in Palu, while Tibo's and Marinus's remains will be taken to their home in Beteleme, Central Sulawesi.
The trio's lawyer, Roy Rening, accused the government of interfering in both the legal process and the funeral arrangements. He added that a procession is a must for a Flores native.
"This is a violation and I, not just as their lawyer, but as a Flores native, can't accept it," he said.
Jimmy said last rites were also essential for Catholics.


Clearly anti-Catholic actions by a government not sympathetic to culture and religion outside of the major ethnicities of Java and the Muslim religion!

"I'm confused," he said, adding that a mass would be held for the three at Santa Maria church Friday morning even though the authorities were refusing to bring the remains there.
Some 4,200 security personnel drawn from the police and the military have been deployed around Palu city. Another 200 members of the North Sulawesi Police Brimob paramilitary unit arrived in Palu on Thursday and went directly to secure Poso.
Poso Police chief Lt. Col. Rudy Sufahriyadi said the city was calm. "But we are prepared to handle any reaction against the executions," he told AP.
In East Nusa Tenggara 's six cities, thousands of Christians took to the streets in protest.
In Palu's Santa Maria church, Catholics prayed and called on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to intervene.
The head of the Central Sulawesi Assembly of Churches, Rev. Renaldy Damanik, questioned why the government had not responded to a second clemency request from the convicts.
"What's going on? Is the President worried there are officials involved in the Poso conflicts?" he asked. He called on his followers to pray and refrain from taking actions that might spark unrest.
Former president Abdurrahman Wahid also insisted on a stay of execution.
"The executions are against Islam. In hadis (Muslim tradition), if there's doubt, in this case if the prosecutor has any doubt, don't do it (the executions). It's just that the Attorney General (Abdurrahman Saleh) did not pay attention to religion," he was quoted by Antara as saying in Semarang on Thursday.
"I've called the attorney general, but he insisted on going ahead with the executions because he doesn't understand religion."


He also doesn't understand justice. We'll see how the Bali Bombers are treated during their executions.

VP says execution not related to religion

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla called on the people here on Friday not to link the case of Tibo and his associates with religion or ethnicity because the case was purely a legal matter. "Tibo`s case is not a religious or ethnic affair. So do not treat it in either way. This is a purely legal matter and not related to any particular religion or ethnic group," he said at a press conference at his office. He said it would be dangerous for the life of the nation if people rejected a legal process.

Why is that Mr. Vice-President? The government has rejected the legal process in this case. It didn't admit evidence proving the men's innocence and showing who the real criminals were.

The vice president made the statement following a riot in eastern Atambua district in East Nusa Tenggara earlier in the day. A mob symphatizing with Tibo and his associates who were executed just after midnight on Thursday broke into the Atambua state penitentiary at about 9 am enabling 190 inmates to flee. Kalla expressed concern over the incident. "We are certainly concerned because under the law the execution of Tibo and his associates has to be carried out," he said. Local security authorities had put themselvs on top security alert following the riot. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Domiggus da Silva all hailing from the province were executed by a police firing squad at 1.45 am after they were convicted of causing the deaths of more than one hundred people in the Poso conflict in 2000. Dominggus da Silva was buried in Poboya and Fabianus Tibo and Marinus Riwu in the village of Beteleme in Morowai district where they used to live so far. Nine days before the execution of Tibo and his two associates, Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had asked all parties including the international community not to link death penalties with the religions of the convicts receiving the penalty.
"Do not associate any crime with the religious identity of the convict. Death penalty is imposed upon anyone committing a serious crime," he said at a joint press conference with Norway President Jens Stoltenberg. He made the statement when asked why only three people namely Fabianus Tibo, Domingus da Silva and Marinus Riwu who were all Christians that had been sentenced to death in connection with the past conflict between Moslems and Christians in Poso, Central Sulawesi while no Moslem had been arrested. "That is not true," President Yudhoyono said. He said that many people had been tried in connection with several conflicts that had happened in Indonesia.


But not in Central Sulawesi in this conflict. All Muslims have been given amnesty.

He said he could not tell one by one their names but "trust us that we will always respect law supremacy and as a leader I must be fair and assure that anyone found guilty must be justly punished. "The Palu district court had convicted the three for having carried out attacks on May 23, 2000 that left 191 people dead. President Yudhoyono called on all people recently not to link the execution with the convicts' religion.

Again I say that only Christians have been executed. Muslims with blood on their hands walk away free. The executions were religiously motivated and the case is closed now to hide all Muslims involved in Central Sulawesi bloodshed.

Spoken like a true Christian

Fabianus Tibo , who was executed earlier this morning for a crime he didn't commit, truly understood what is was it is to be a Christian and showed the behavior that Jesus asked us to display.

"My father begged us not to be angry, not to seek revenge," Tibo's son, Robert, told Christian followers after the morning prayers. "He asked us to forgive those who did this to him. God blesses all of us, he said."

God bless you and your family, Brother Tibo. God rest your soul.

Amnesty International disappointed over executions

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Amnesty International expressed disappointment Friday over the executions of three Indonesian Christians who were convicted of inciting violence against Muslims in a 2001 case criticised for being unfair. Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva and Marianus Riwu were executed by firing squad in religiously-divided Central Sulawesi province, where clashes between the two faiths in 2000-01 left more than 1,000 people dead. "We are deeply disappointed that despite the debate on the death penalty that the case had sparked across Indonesia, the state went ahead and killed these three men," Amnesty's Southeast Asia researcher Isabelle Cartron said. "Such state-sanctioned killings are all the more unacceptable where, as in this case, there have been serious doubts about the fairness of the trials," she told AFP by telephone from London. Cartron noted that there were concerns about defence witness testimony being ignored by the court as well as the intimidation of the men's lawyers, who endured death threats and a bomb being planted at one of their homes. Rights activists have also noted that few others have been convicted for the violence of 2000-01, leaving those most responsible on the run. Some observers have also said they fear the Christian cases may have been politically linked to that of three Islamic militants on death row in the world's most populous Muslim nation for their roles in the 2002 Bali bombings. The attacks left 202 people dead, mostly western foreigners.

What does a conflict between Indonesians and a bomb blast carried by Islamic terrorists on foreigners and Balinese have to do with each other? Nothing. But the Muslim Indonesian government has somehow gotten into their brains that the execution of three Muslim terrorists is interdependent on the execution of three Christians in two totally unrelated incidents. To seem fair to Muslims, the government pushed through the executions of three Christians, rather than giving them due process with all evidence available, to balance the three Muslim terrorists to be executed for their part in the 2002 Bali bombings.

Vatican says executions are a defeat against humanity

Vatican City (ANTARA News) - The execution of three Indonesian Christians for inciting violence against Muslims was a "defeat for humanity", Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Thursday. "It is very sad and painful news. Every time capital punishment is used is a defeat for humanity," said Lombardi, spokesman for Pope Benedict XVI. Lombardi told the ANSA news agency he was disappointed that efforts to stop the executions by various organisations, and by the pontiff himself, had fallen on deaf ears. "I'm sorry that the efforts made by various organisations, among them Sant'Egidio, did not succeed," he said, referring to the Rome-based religious community. The three men were executed by firing squad in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, their lawyer said, after they were convicted of inciting violence against Muslims in 2000.

Reports of some violence after Christian men's execution

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Violence broke out in Christian areas of Indonesia Friday after the government carried out early morning executions of three Christian men involved in a religious-incited massacre of Muslims six years ago. "Some people expressed their anger after the executions by blocking some main roads and throwing rocks at the local attorney general's house," provincial police spokesman Major Marten Raja told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, DPA, by phone from Kupang, capital of East Nusa Tenggara province. Mobs also reportedly attacked a prison in West Timor, the main island of the province, causing 250 inmates to flee. An Indonesian firing squad in Central Sulawesi province executed the three men, who were convicted in 2001 of killing dozens of Muslims during sectarian violence there the previous year despite international appeals for clemency. The condemned men - Fabianus Tibo, 60; Marianus Riwu, 48; and Domingus da Silva, 42 - maintained their innocence until the end and implicated senior government, police and military officials in the region of being the masterminds of the attacks. The executions, which had been delayed a month ago, sparked outrage among Indonesia's Christian minority and appeals for clemency from the Vatican. Indonesia has the largest Muslim population of any country in the world with about 190 million faithful but has significant minority populations of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists. The executions, carried out at an undisclosed location, had been scheduled for dawn but authorities held them earlier. "I received valid information that they were executed in the police's mobile brigade headquarters at 1:50 this morning," Jimmy Tumbelaka, a Catholic priest who led prayers with the condemned before their death, told DPA. "I was with the family until the executions were carried out," Tumbelaka said. The men had been found guilty of leading a Christian militia that launched a series of attacks on Muslims in May 2000 in Poso district, including a gun and machete assault in which at least 70 people taking refugee in an Islamic school were killed. The massacre was one of the bloodiest incidents of sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims that swept through previously harmonious Central Sulawesi from 1998 to 2002, leaving more than 1,000 people from both communities dead and tens of thousands homeless. Prosecutors refused to investigate 16 people who the defendants said had orchestrated violence, and their defence team complained that no Muslims convicted of murders were sentenced to death.

Two reports of violence constitutes violence breaking out in Christian areas of Indonesia? Distorted media bias which should be expected from the Muslim media is only going to lead to renewed fighting. These reports will only fan the flames of tension and incite radical Muslims to start the cycle of violence again.

Where do we go from here?

Where do we Christians in Indonesia go from here? How do we react to the grave injustice that we have just experienced in the execution of Fabianus Tibo, Marinus Riwu and Dominggus da Silva? Do we have a right to feel outrage? Do we have a right to feel we are being oppressed by the Muslim government that calls itself secular and that there are two types of justice in Indonesia; one for Muslims and one for non-Muslims? Absolutely. But the big question is should we be angry and lash out at the government and Muslims for the injustice? The answer is simply NO.

We are Christians and it is not in our God and His Son's teachings to react with hypersensitive outrage, violence and murder because we have been done a injustice. We are called to be civilized and leave all injustices for God to handle. We are called to love our enemies. In Matthew 5:44-45, Jesus says "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven." We are not to act like our oppressors. "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you because of me." While our oppressors meet today in their Mosques for Friday prayers, preach their broken political theology, spew evil in their "Day of Rage" and plot against the Pope and other Christians, we should be praying that their plans come to nought and that the hatred and perpetual outrage inside them unleashed by their pagan god belief and the teachings of its founder is extinguished. We must continue to look to Jesus as our example, live our daily lives as He would and have faith that when all is said and done that God will wipe away all the tears.

We must remember when we chose to become Christians that it wasn't going to be easy. Jesus warned us that we would be persecuted because of Him and when we chose to become Christians, we must follow Him and take up our cross too.

Some of you are probably wondering why God didn't intervene if these three men were innocent. Couldn't God have stopped the injustice? Can't God stop all the hate and violence against Christians in this country. The simple answer is, yes He could. When Jesus was arrested, beaten and had His body torn apart and then hung on the cross for our transgressions, God could have sent 12 legions of angels to rescue Jesus but that wasn't God's plan. And Jesus knew it too. He knew that God's plan for the saving of mankind relied on Him fulfilling prophecy and the scriptures to take the sin of the world on Him and take it to the cross to be destroyed once and for all. We have been called to share in His sufferings so that we can identify ourselves with Him. And that means some of us are going to die for His name. How many? Millions and millions. In Ryan Dobson's book ,
'2 Die 4, The dangerous truth about following Christ' he writes about the scene in Revelation 6 where those who have already been killed for Christ cry out to God asking how much longer will this go on until God judges the world. "The answer they get should make you pause and think. God told them they needed "to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters-their fellow servants of Jesus-had been martyred." Martyred. I don't have to tell you that He's talking about being killed for Christ. God's plan for this world calls for a certain number of Christians to be put to death for the sake of Jesus. That number is not small. It's huge. Enormous. God knows exactly who's on that list, and how many names there are. Until that numbers reached-until all the names are checked off-the killing will continue." So when we see Christian men like Tibo, Marinus and Dominggus wrongly executed we should know that they were martyrs and that God's plan is being fulfilled.

So where do we go from here? We continue in our lives knowing God is in control and his plan is being fulfilled. We continue to be shining lights in a world of darkness. We continue to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and strive to follow His example. We don't lower ourselves down to the level of barbarism that our persecutors display. We keeping spreading the good news of the Gospel and we keep witnessing to non-believers. We don't stop the Great Commission because of injustice and persecution in our lives. In fact, the more we are oppressed, the stronger the need to spread Jesus' message. God's love will triumph over evil. I'll finish here some words from a song by Creed called What If?

I've seen the wicked fruit of your vine
Destroy the man who lacks a strong mind
Human pride sings a vengeful song
Inspired by the times you've been walked on
My stage is shared by many millions
Who lift their hands up high because they feel this
We are one, We are strong
The more you hold us down, the more we press on

International Christian Concern just released this

(September 21, 2006) The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) www.persecution.org has just become informed that the three Christian men facing the death penalty in Indonesia have been executed by firing squad. The men were executed just after midnight on Friday, September 22, 2006, Indonesia time.
“Justice has once again been denied Indonesia’s Christians,” said Jeremy Sewall, ICC Policy Analyst. “I am deeply saddened at this news, and ask all concerned Christians to pray for the families of these men. This is a tragedy. This is not justice.”
After their execution was stayed last month by the Attorney General for Central Sulawesi, Mohammad Yahya Sibe, he was suddenly replaced. He was the one who had to give the order for the executions to proceed. The Chief of Police was also suddenly replaced and sent to another department. The appeal for these men that should have lasted months or even a year to process was denied within weeks.


We're all asking why? Because they were holding up the execution of the infidels?

Tibo, Riwu, and Da Silva, all Christian, were the only men charged in the Poso conflict, even though the conflict started in 1998 and went till 2003. This is a glaring injustice and hints of a massive coverup by the Indonesian government.

Cover up by the police, local Muslim politicians, prosecutors who took bribes during the original arrests and the government.

ICC has personally investigated the Poso conflict. Entire Christian villages were attacked with government munitions and burned down using Indonesian government fuel trucks. Christian adults and children were beheaded. The Muslim community initiated the attacks and there was every indication that local Muslim government leaders were involved. Why were no Muslims ever charged in any of the attacks?

Yes why? Why have all the Muslims received amnesty in the conflict?

“These men were sacrificed as scape-goats so that the Indonesian government could wash their hands and walk away from the Poso conflict of 1998 to 2003. But if Indonesia really wants to show the world they value truth, they should re-open the investigation into this conflict and find all those responsible for the violence,” stated Sewall.
“Please pray that the Christians in Poso will not seek revenge for these executions, and that instead they would trust God to administer justice in his own time.”

The leader of the group affiliated with the Red Army (Christians) who attacked the Muslims at the Wali Songo boarding school was already killed during the conflict but his accomplices are still at-large. Police and prosecutors were bribed by this group at the time of their arrests and blame was passed on to Tibo and friends.

More on the executions

From the Jakarta Post:
PALU, Central Sulawesi (JP): Three Christian militants convicted for the massacre of hundreds of Muslims in 2000 were executed in the early hours on Friday, a senior police officer said.
The officer, who declined to be identified, confirmed that the execution of Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva and Marinus Riwu, was carried out at 1.20 am local time.
Their bodies were then taken to the Bhayangkara police hospital for autopsy, he said.
No further details were available, including the location of the execution, usually by a firing squad.
The three men had exhausted all legal channels for reprieve, including a request for clemency which was rejected by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Their last ditch attempt, for a case review, by citing new evidence -- that they had the names of the masterminds of the massacre -- was ignored, though it bought them time of about one month.
The Vatican as well as local church leaders had also asked for clemency.
Fabianus and his two accomplices were convicted for leading the massacre of about 200 Muslims at the height of the sectarian conflict in Poso, pitting Muslims and Christians.
Relatives and friends had held an all night prayers in Palu on Thursday.
Police in the meantime had maintained vigilance throughout the province. There have been no reports of protests or unrests on Thursday.

Poso three have been executed

Kompas Media reports that:

Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva and Marinus Riwu were just executed. The execution began at 1:10 and was completed by 1:15 am WITA (2:15 am local time here) by Central Sulawesi Mobile Brigade (Brimob) marksmen at an undisclosed location at the border of Palu city.

MUI recommends no sweeping during Ramadan month

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) has prohibited violent ‘sweeping’ by the general public or organizations other than security officers the a run-up to or during Ramadan. This is because all control is the duty of security officers. “We don’t recommend ‘sweeping’ and we ask the security personnel to actively maintain order,” said Maaruf Amin, Head of the MUI Edict Commission, in Jakarta, Thursday (21/9).Security officers, according to Maaruf, have important roles in maintaining order. “Don’t allow security personnel not to maintain in order as this could encourage some people to carry out sweeping,” said Maaruf.In addition to entertainment spots, Maaruf asked that television channels do not broadcast programs which could disturb fasting. For example, he said, programs that are on behalf of religion but full of violence and inappropriate conduct. “There is already an agreement between the MUI, the Social Services Department and the Information & Communication Department to establish a special team that will ensure this takes place,” said Maaruf.

Now the MUI can say that they made a plea for no sweeping to take place and distant themselves from all action that militant groups like the FPI, Islamic Defender's Front, will carry out. The FPI have demonstrated in the past that they have no fear of police and administer their own militant idea of regulations on Jakarta businesses during Ramadan. Governor Sutiyoso and the police choose to idly sit back every year and let the FPI terrorize local establishments who serve alcohol during the Ramadan period and force nightclubs and bars to close. Tourists should use such facilities in their hotels and not venture out to ensure their safety. FPI have demonstrated in the past that their agenda is anti-West and tourists that come in contact with them are at great risk during this time period. Violence is to be expected at the hands of this militant jihad supporting organization.

MUI chairman Umar Shihab also called on Muslims in the country to compete for goodness through among other things controlling desires, avoiding vices, doing good things for others, helping others, paying tithe or alms, making themselves closer to God, studying the religion and other positive things during Ramadan.

Shouldn't they be doing this every day of the year and not just during Ramadan? Do they think one month of good behavior atones for 11 months of bad behavior?

Men scheduled to be executed right now

The executions of Tibo, Marinus and Dominggus are to take place right now at 1.10 am WIT near the airport in Palu. The execution process is said to be finished by 1.30 am WIT.

I don't have anything left to say. God rest their souls.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Prosecutors reject Tibo et al's last requests

Palu, Central Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - The Central Sulawesi public prosecutor`s office has rejected the four last requests of Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva and Marinus Riwu who are scheduled to be executed for involvement in the May 2000 incident in Poso, on Thursday (midnight) or early Friday. The prosecutor`s rejection was disclosed by Father Jemmy Tumbelaka, the threesome`s religious counsel, after he had visited the Central Sulawesi public prosecutor`s office where he was received by a member of the executors` team, Agus Setiawan. Earlier, through Father Tumbelaka, Tibo et al had forwarded their last four requests one of which was that their bodies be laid in state at the St Mary Church for one day before burial. Tibo and Marinus had also asked that their bodies be buried in Beteleme village, Mori Atas subdistrict, Morowali district, while Dominggus wanted his body returned to his family in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara province, for burial there. The convicts also asked that their execution be witnesed by Joseph Suwathan (bishop of Manado, N Sulawesi), Father Jemmy Tumbelaka (for the St Theresia parish in Poso), Father Melky Toreh (for the St Mary parish in Palu) and Roy Rening (lawyer for Tibo and his associates). Their fourth request was that they be allowed to convey a special message to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono through mass media on many people`s rejection of their execution. All of their requests were rejected by Prosecutor Agus Setiawan who said the authority to handle the convicts up to their burials was in the hands of the state (the executors team). In response to the rejection of the Central Sulawesi public prosecutor`s office, Father Tumbelaka said he would wait for further developments and if the executors team had really turned down Tibo et al`s requests, he would resign as their spiritual adviser.

Would these men's last requests been turned down if they were Muslims? What kind of inhumane people are we dealing with? God has final judgement on all. That is our only solace. The real killers, the people responsible for the conflict, the prosecution team including Agus Setiawan, and people like Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh and Central Sulawesi Police Commissioner Badrodin Haiti who have tried to push the execution through, and even President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who has the power to do the right thing and stop the executions so the trial can be re-opened, will all have to stand before God one day and answer for their actions. That is our only solace.

Militant Bali Bombing Cleric Ba'asyir attacks TV shows

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian TV shows that feature scantily dressed women are more dangerous than bombs, a militant Muslim cleric who served a jail term for links to the Bali bombings was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Abu Bakar Ba'asyir said local television stations should offer more religious programmes instead of showing half-naked women. "If you ask which are more dangerous, half-naked women or the Bali bombs? The answer is of course women who bare their bodies," Ba'asyir was quoted as saying by Antara news agency. He said such shows could shake the faith of men and invite God's curse. Television programmes in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, are increasingly liberal. Private channels offer late night comedy shows featuring scantily-dressed women.
Ba'asyir, 67, left a Jakarta jail on June 14 after serving time for being part of a conspiracy behind the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. Indonesian and Western officials had described Ba'asyir as the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiah. Jemaah Islamiah is an armed movement backing the creation of an Islamic superstate linking historically Muslim Indonesia, Malaysia, southern Philippines and southern Thailand. In the past, it cooperated closely with al Qaeda's global campaign against Western targets, but in recent years many in Jemaah Islamiah have focused more on the regional struggle. Ba'asyir has consistently denied any connection to the Bali bombing or other attacks blamed on Jemaah Islamiah, which he has said does not exist.


Has a half naked woman in Indonesia killed 202 people, injuring permanently and traumatizing countless others? Again Ba'asyir shows that he wants to control Indonesia with his idea of Islam. This extremist and convicted criminal dares to compare a woman on a comedy show to a terrorist bombing attack meant to kill foreigners? It is he and his followers who should be able to discipline themselves and conduct accordingly like normal well adjusted members of the human race. Next thing you know we'll have TV stations targeted with suicide bombers running in during filming. Move somewhere that has Shariah law where you'll be happy and stop trying to make others in this country miserable!!

Former President says executions should be postponed

Finally a voice of reason!!

Former President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) said Thursday the planned execution of the three Poso death-row convicts, Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus da Silva, should be postponed. "Executions are against the Muslim religion. In the `hadist` (traditional collection of stories recouting words or deeds of the Prophet Muhammad), it is said an execution should not be carried out if the prosecution hesitates to do so," Gus Dur said on Thursday. The former chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama Central Executive Board (PBNU) claimed he had several times tried to get the execution of Tibo et al postponed but to no avail. "I called Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh and asked him to postpone the execution but he insisted on carrying it out as he has no knowledge about religious teachings," Gus Dur said. The three men from Ende, East Nusa Tenggara province, who are on death row for leading a mob in sectarian violence in Central Sulawesi province are to be executed on Thursday night. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva will face a firing squad just after midnight on Thursday at a secret location in the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu. A series of appeals from the three have been rejected by courts at all levels, twice by the Supreme Court, since they first received the death sentences in 2001. Last year, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono rejected their petition for a pardon. Executions in Indonesia are carried out by firing squad and the time and location are kept secret with notification limited to next of kin.
However, Central Sulawesi Christian Church (GKST) Synod chairman Rev. Rinaldy Damanik said in Palu on Thursday the families of the trio had yet to receive official information about the imminent execution. Damanik claimed he had just contacted Tibo`s eldest son, Robertus Tibo, but the latter said he had not received any information. He added the execution of Tibo et all would be illegal if it was carried out as scheduled without any advance notice to their families. Meanwhile, Robert Bala Keitimu, one of the trio`s lowyers from the Indonesian Justice and Peace Advocacy Service (Padma), said in Batam on Wednesday that the families had so far not received any official information on the date of the execution from the Palu District Court."We knew from the media that Tibo and his friends are to be executed but have so far not received any official information from the Palu District Court," said Robert.