Saturday, October 21, 2006

Bali Bombers allowed to perform Idul Fitri prayers outside cells

Semarang (ANTARA News) - The three death-row Bali I bombers - Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Ali Ghufron alias Mukhlas - are slated to perform Idul Fitri (Muslim post-fasting festivity) prayers together with other inmates of the Batu State Penitentiary in Nusakambangan, Cilacap, Central Java, on Tuesday (Oct 24). "The Moslem Legal Defence Team (TPM) has asked for permission for them to perform Idul Fitri prayers (outside their cells) " Sudjianto, chief warden of the Batu State Penitentiary, said when contacted by phone from here on Saturday. He said after the prayer service, the three would immediately be taken back to their cells. Sudjianto said he would ask the Cilacap police to assign some of their personnel to help ensure security at the prison complex on the first day of Idul Fitri (Tuesday). Last year, the three performed Idul Fitri prayers in their own quarters. "At the time, we were afraid to let them out of their cells," Sudjianto said. He said the three had so far been allowed to do their weekly Friday prayers in the prison mosque together with other people. It was also reported the families of the three convicts would visit them on the first day of Idul Fitri.

I see. The Muslim Indonesian government allows three Muslims on death row, who haven't been executed yet for their part in the Bali bombings, to perform prayers for Idul Fitri celebration but three Catholics were denied last rites, which are sacred to Catholics, before being executed by the Muslim Indonesian government. And the government calls itself religiously pluralistic? This is just another example of how the Muslim Indonesian government treats non-Muslims and if you are not a Muslim, you have no rights and receive no justice in Indonesia.

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