Friday, September 22, 2006

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.

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