Monday, September 11, 2006

Four suspects confess involvement in religious violence

JAKARTA (AP): Four suspects confessed to involvement in the recent killings of Christians on an Indonesian island scarred by religious violence, saying they wanted to avenge the deaths of Muslims, police said Monday.
Sulawesi island -- which has been hit by a string of bombings, shootings and beheadings in the last year especially in Central Sulawesi province -- was the scene of 1998 to 2002 clashes that left at least 1,000 people from both communities dead.
Few have been brought to justice for the earlier bloodshed, though three Christians -- Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus da Silva -- were sentenced to death. They had been scheduled to face a firing squad last month, but received a stay in their executions.
The four suspects "wanted to seek revenge for what Tibo and the others had done," said Comr. Gen. Paulus Purwoko, adding that eight others also were being questioned for renewed violence on Sulawesi.

While a cease-fire ended fighting on the island in 2002, sporadic attacks have continued.
The most recent victims, a man and a woman, died last week in separate bombings in the town of Poso, which was a major battleground in the earlier violence.
Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation but has significant Christian minorities, who make up nearly half the population in Central Sulawesi.


It's about time!!! Finally some justice for persecuted Christians in Poso. Hopefully this will stop the violence for now and these guys will serve a long time. I won't hold my breath though. This is Indonesia and the judge will probably give them light sentences so as not to upset the Muslim community and incite vengeance.

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