Three Christians await execution in Indonesia

I have written about them in this post. You can read it as background of the case. I have noted there is an initiative in Spanish website for helping them. I will speak about it at the end of the post.

According to VOA:

Three Christian militants sentenced to death for killing Muslims during sectarian violence that shook Indonesia’s Sulawesi island six years ago may be executed this month. Supporters of the three men say they are not guilty, and are being used as scapegoats.

The three Indonesian Catholic men, Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus de Silva and Marinus Riwu, were convicted of killing Muslims during Muslim-Christian clashes in the central Sulawesi town of Poso in 2000.

The men have exhausted most avenues to stop their execution, two higher courts and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono have rejected their appeals.

But the chief attorney for the three men, Stefanus Roy Rening, says they are still waiting for a reply from Mr. Yudhoyono on a second clemency appeal, filed last month.

He says all three men are innocent and being used as scapegoats in an unfair justice system. He also says the three are not the masterminds of the Poso violence, which is why they should not be executed.

The men are convicted of a massacre of more than 200 unarmed people, mostly women, children and students, who were shot and hacked to death while hiding in a Muslim school. It was one of the worst incidents in the clashes between Muslims and Christians that claimed more than 1,000 lives.

But the three deny being at the scene of the killings, and police are investigating 16 other men as the real masterminds of the massacre.

Free Thoughts notes something that I noted myself in that other post:

Accusa che Amnesty International ha definito falsa, dato che lo stesso processo è stato costruito ad arte contro i cristiani

An accusation that Amnesty International has defined as false, because all the process has been built against Christians.

The Java Report adds a very important comment:

If these guys are guilty of involvement in a massacre that killed over 200–mostly women and children, let me volunteer my services for the firing squad. However, the Indonesian court system is based on Islamic law and, as we have noted here on several occasions, is a complete sham. Not a single Muslim has been brought to justice for the killing of Christians during the same period–even though far more Christians were killed in the sectarian violence than Muslims. Not. A. Single. One.

As I noted firstly in the post, the web Hazte is doing a campaign to stop their execution. You can send by a form in that page a letter to the Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, the Foreign Minister of Spain, the Indonesian Ambassador in Spain and the Spanish Ambassador in Indonesia. The letter runs:

Dear Sir

I hereby request your help, to avoid the executions of three Christians in your country, Indonesia.
These convicts were charged with murder and enticement to sectarian hatred, which, according to certain eyewitnesses is without basis.
According to our sources these people have not had a fair trial, and in my view your cooperation in order to save their lives and to ensure that their fundamental rights are respected is essential.
Please be so kind to refer my request to your Government, who most certainly would take it into consideration and deal with it in the best manner.

You are only requested to tell your name (nombre), e-mail and subject (asunto). The more letters we send, the more possibility we have they are saved from a very bad fate.


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  1. Jack Dempsey

    The three stoogies you called scapegoat had sent to the hell….shoot and hang by the moslem…ALHAMDULILLAH

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