Saturday, November 04, 2006

Tibo family to take execution case to International Court

Kupang, E Nusatenggara (ANTARA News) - Relatives of Fabianus Tibo who had been executed early on Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, for his part in the atrocities in the sectarian conflict in Poso, Central Slawesi a few years ago, would bring the case to the International Court of Justice.

Tibo`s family members decided to sue the Indonesian government for the execution of Tibo and friends, spokesman for Tibo`s family, Yustinus Sani, said here Friday.

The decision was made after Tibo`s family peformed a traditional ritual to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Tibo`s execution in Ende district, East Nusa Tenggara province, on Wednesday (Nov 1) and Thursday (Nov 2), Yustinus said.

For the purpose, Tibo`s family had entrusted PADMA Indonesia with the task of collecting evidence and conducting an autopsy of Tibo`s dead body before filing the lawsuit against the Indonesian government to the International Court of Justice.

PADMA Indonesia is a non-governmental organization providing legal aid to Tibo and the two other dead-row convicts -- Marianus Riwu and Dominggus da Silva.

Tibo`s family decided to take the measure as they considered that the executor had violated the method of execution as stipulated in Law No.2/1964, he said, adding that five gunshot wounds and other injuries on the victim`s body could prove the violation.

On the families of Marinus Riwu and Dominggus da Silva, he said Tibo`s family did not force them to join the action but if they wanted to, they should immediately file the lawsuit to the International Court of Justice.

Yustinus said Tibo`s family has fully entrusted PADMA Indonesia with coordination with the two other families.

The struggle of Tibo`s family was expected to bring about justice to all people who loved justice and truth in the country, he said.

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