Friday, November 10, 2006

Muslim militants could face death penalty for beheadings

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The Central Jakarta District Court has begun the trial of the three persons suspected of murdering three female high school students in Poso, Central Sulawesi.

The defendants—Lilik Purnomo a.k.a. Haris; Irwanto Irano a.k.a. Iwan and Hasanuddin a.k.a. Hasan—have been charged with committing murder and terrorism.

The trial was divided into two parts.

The first part was for defendant Hasanuddin, the second for Lilik Purnomo and Irwanto Irano.

However, the trial on Lilik and Irwanto has not yet begun because the head of the panel of judges Lilik Mulyadi was absent.

Public prosecutor Payaman said Hasanuddin’s act was included as terrorism.

The reason for this, he said, was that after the slaughter of the three students, Hasanuddin and his associates spread fear among residents of Poso Kota, Central Sulawesi.

He went on to say that the way this was done was by the defendants sending some pieces of the bodies to several residents.

“The defendants’ action calls for the death penalty,” said Payaman after reading the charges at the Central Jakarta District Court, yesterday (8/11).

The murder of three female high school students in Poso, Central Sulawesi, took place on October 29, 2005.

The students of Poso Christian School—Alvita Poliwo, Theresia Morangki and Yarni Sambue—died tragically by being beheaded.

The incident was actually planned to kill four students.

Fortunately, one of the students, Noviana Melewa, managed to escape despite of being injured, having been hit by a perpetrator with a sharp instrument.

Prosecutor Payaman said the court can only prosecute three suspects as the remaining five are still listed as fugitives.

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