Wednesday, March 21, 2007

What is worse? Inciting murder or commiting murder?

Back in September last year I posted about the Indonesian Christian's who had been executed for inciting violence against Muslims after Muslims had gone on the rampage in Poso in the Central Sulawesi region of Indonesia. The three were executed even though they had not yet gone through the appeal process to which they were entitled under Indonesia law.

Then, in November last year, I posted on the case of the Christian schoolgirls who were beheaded by members of the RoP as they walked to school - also in Central Sulawesi.

So just keep that in mind - Christians are executed for supposedly "inciting violence" (would that be like marching with placards demanding that those who insult the RoP are beheaded?). So, of course, it would be reasonable to expect that their would be a similar punishment for the premeditated beheading of three innocent school girls, wouldn't it. Wouldn't it?

Well, not in "moderate Muslims" nations it ain't.

The murdering scum got between 14 and 20 years! Incredible but true. Incite murder - get executed. Commit murder, get 20 years.

AKARTA (JP): Panel of judges in Central Jakarta District Court Wednesday sentenced Muslim militants between 14 and 20 years in prison for beheading Christian schoolgirls in Central Sulawesi's town of Poso in 2005.

Hasanuddin was found guilty for masterminding the beheading, buying the machetes and leaving a handwritten note at the scene vowing more killings to avenge the deaths of Muslims in an earlier conflict on Sulawesi island.

Judge Udar Siregar was quoted by Elshinta news radio as saying that Hasanuddin's action can be categorized as terror crime, which could spark fresh religious violence in the Central Sulawesi towns.

Meanwhile, two other conspirators Lilik Purnomo and Irwanto Irano were handed 14-year jail terms in a separated hearing.Religious conflict in Poso had left at least 1,000 people dead from both Muslims and Christians from 1998 to 2002.

Anyone have any ideas why these cases would be treated so differently by the Indonesian justice system? Wouldn't have anything to do with religion, would it?

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