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Heavier sentence sought for Ahmadi man

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 3 2011   /  08:00 am

Amid criticism and condemnation from human rights activists and foreign governments over the lenient jail sentences handed to 12 extremists involved in a mob riot that killed three Ahmadis, prosecutors at the Serang District Court sought a heavier sentence for an Ahmadi defendant accused of provoking the violence.

Prosecutors on Tuesday sought nine months’ imprisonment for Deden Darmawan Sudjana, a defendant implicated in the fatal attack perpetrated by a group of Muslim hard-liners against the minority Ahmadiyah sect in Cikeusik, Banten, on Feb. 6.

Deden is facing a longer jail term compared to 12 others indicted for participating in the riot, who were sentenced to between three and six months in jail. Prosecutors had previously sought jail sentences of between five and seven months.

Prosecutors said they could not charge the 12 defendants with murder because th...