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Jakarta Post

Commentary: Stop terror in Court or risk falling under rule of thugs

  • Pandaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 18 2011   /  11:12 am

Unruly crowds intimidating judges in and outside our courts is becoming an appalling upward trend in the Indonesian judicial system, largely because there has been no clear legal basis to punish the perpetrators.In the latest well-documented incident, a group of fanatics unhappy with the five-year jail term given to a man accused of blasphemy hurled insults at the panel of judges at Temanggung District Court in
Central Java.The anarchy did not stop there. After being unable to grab the tightly guarded convict, they vandalized the Court building and continued to vent their anger by attacking churches and raining stones on police officers.   An ongoing trial of men charged with attacking Ahmadis held at the Bogor District Court, West Java, has also been seriously disrupted by supporters of the accused, who flock to the Court by the hundreds. In one incident angry people chased a c...