Extremists get 'slap on the wrist'

2011-07-28 07:40

Serang - An Indonesian court on Thursday sentenced religious extremists who killed three members of a minority Muslim sect in a frenzied mob attack to between three and six months in jail.

Dani bin Misra, a 17-year-old who smashed a victim's skull with a stone, received three months for manslaughter.

Idris bin Mahdani, who led the mob of more than 1 000 Muslims in the February attack, was convicted of illegal possession of a machete and received five months and 15 days in jail.

Twelve people stood trial but none faced murder charges in what human rights activists said was a travesty of justice in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

The unprovoked violence against the Ahmadiyah sect members in Cikeusik, western Java, was one of the most horrific in a long line of attacks on the minority group in Indonesia in recent years.

Ahmadiyah, unlike mainstream Muslims, do not believe Muhammed was the last prophet and are regarded as heretics and blasphemers by conservatives in places like Indonesia and Pakistan.

A secretly filmed video of the attack brought religious violence in Indonesia under the international spotlight, and provoked condemnation from the US, Italy and international rights groups.

"When the Cikeusik video went viral, people around the world were shocked and appalled by the savagery of the mob kicking and slashing three men to death," Human Rights Watch Deputy Director for Asia Phil Robertson said.

"But instead of charging the defendants with murder and other serious crimes, prosecutors came up with an almost laughable list of 'slap-on-the wrist' charges.

"The Cikeusik trial sends the chilling message that attacks on minorities like the Ahmadiyah will be treated lightly by the legal system. This is a sad day for justice in Indonesia."

  • lungelo mpatho - 2011-07-28 08:03

    poeple must be free to choose who or what to believe in without fear of intimidation or violence. you cannot muder ideologies, although you can harm the flesh-

  • abracadaver - 2011-07-28 08:05

    Wayne Parnell.....enjoy your new religion mate

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-28 08:56

      It's not the religion but the idiotic religious nuts who hear echoes in their heads.... I think we need not worry about Parnell, or Amla for that matter.

      Paco7 - 2011-07-28 09:33

      well done Wayne

      Rajty - 2011-07-28 17:46

      Is that your take on Islam...then I suppose you are the same as that Norwegian terrorist...must be based on your generalisation. so well done to your folks for being murderes as wel.....moron.

  • Pencilgraffiti - 2011-07-28 08:27

    Proof that a country should criticise its justice system. The judge in that court should be sent to jail for life.

  • Anton - 2011-07-28 08:28

    In countries that have free elections, time and time again, it shows that Extremism is not the choice of the majority. Actually, it is only the choice of a very few who propagate racism , being anti certain religions, and hatred in general. The majority should be protected against those very few !!!

      LJ Graey - 2011-07-28 09:38

      True Anton, but don't ignore countries run (at least in part) by Religious institutions. Indonesia is also a democracy. What you're refering to are secular countries, something you'd be hard pressed to find where the vast majority of a country subscribes to one specific version of a religion.

  • stephen scott - 2011-07-28 08:28

    Why did they even go to court? They were only following Gods orders, I mean, she, sorry, he, has told them in his book of love, to kill non-believers

  • LJ Graey - 2011-07-28 08:32

    And people wonder why some Europeans are wary of the the massive influx of Muslim immigrants into their countries (and then get called right-wing for it to boot)... This is what happens whe they become the majority in a country: They get their own courts, own laws and own judicial system, all geared towards creating and maintaining superiority over the rest of the population...

      OnlyaGinger - 2011-07-28 08:48

      Please read antons comment above. You are inciting hatrred towards a religion that has millions of peaceful followers and a cpuple of nuts, same as christians.

      Gibbonater - 2011-07-28 09:16

      100% correct. Its a pity that the so called peaceful followers are so silent about the "couple of nuts".

      LJ Graey - 2011-07-28 09:19

      Oh, this is just an impartial observation OnlyaGinger. No hatred there at all. It really doesn't matter whether it's only "a few nuts" running the show. If the people follow them (which they will, just as Catholics will always follow their Pope) the damage will be done. Imo the only reason half the world isn't run by the Pope in the first place is because Christianity is so fragmented - One of the reasons for Islam's unity is that the kind of split views that characterises Christain division is quickly and severely punished, often by death. But that's just my opinion...

      stephen scott - 2011-07-28 09:22

      @LJ Graey, then the millions of peaceful followers havent read their book properly. The Fundamentalists, is not nuts, he just believes 100%, instead cherry picking the thing, actually i got more respect for him.

      LJ Graey - 2011-07-28 09:51

      Ah, but that's where the trick comes in Stephen... Those millions of peaceful followers generally live in third world and highly religious countries and tend to be less educated. This simply opens the door for the "fundaMENTALists" to spread their "interpretation" to those who don't know better. That's how the world has worked for ages. Most religious people aren't even aware that they can question, or even disobey, their religious leaders. (Well, at least those that live in countries where you won't sumarilly get executed for doing so anyway. Those poor souls must be painfully aware of the fact that they shouln't be sceptical)

  • Daemos1 - 2011-07-28 08:49

    Proof that religion is for idiots

  • Gibbonater - 2011-07-28 09:13

    Once again we see the peace loving muslims in action. If this is how they treat other muslims can you imagine what is in store for other religeons? And there actions were condoned by the judiciary. In fact a signal was given to muslims that attcks on anyone you believe to be a non believer is correct and you will not be charged or harshly dealt with especially if the prosecuter and judge have the same belief as the accused. Yet the world gets on its high horse when a Norwegian kills for his beliefs.

      Rajty - 2011-07-28 17:51

      So what is the difference then- if you assume that those people are muslim you have no understanding of what muslim is. They may obey certain cultural aspects, but obviously the fundamentals are not there. I always like reading the comments on Islam- the so-called experts who quote from the quran- yet none of you have read it-and cant because the quran is only ever been written in Arabic....what a laugh.

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-07-28 11:07

    That's how Muslims look after other Muslims. I a person of another faith had done this you can bet your bottom line that they would have got nothing less than the death sentence!

      Paco7 - 2011-07-28 15:03

      don't u have to go guard cars or something

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