Ahmadi defendant to hear verdict next week
Deden Darmawan Sudjana, a defendant in the case of a deadly mob attack on three followers of Ahmadiyah in Cikeusik, Banten, read his final plea Tuesday before hearing his verdict on Aug. 15.
Deden, who is being charged despite being a victim of the violence, said he came to Cikeusik to protect Ahmadis rather than intentionally provoke open conflict with local Islamic hardliners.
He said the Ahmadis forgave the attackers but demanded equal treatment before the law for him.
Deden’s lawyer Kiagus Ahmad Bella Sati said he hoped the judges “would not neglect the facts of the violence and impose an unfair sentence on the victim”.
Prosecutors claim Deden, the only Ahmadi charged with the violence, incited hatred.
On Feb. 6, a mob of hundreds of Islamic hardliners attacked 16 Ahmadis, slaughtering three and injuring five others. The police charged 13 people in the case. (lfr)