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Jakarta Post

Ahmadi convicted of assault, disobedience

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 16 2011   /  07:00 am

Two days before the country’s Independence Day, the Serang District Court handed down a six-month jail term to a member of the Ahmadiyah religious sect for his involvement in a deadly clash that killed three of his sect’s members.

The court found Deden Darmawan Sudjana, a security chief of the local Ahmadiyah congregation, guilty of light assault and acting against state officials’ orders during the attacks on his congregation’s members in Cikeusik village, Banten, in February.

Although clearly disappointed with the verdict, the 48-year-old man appeared calm as he laconically answered journalists’ questions.

“I had hoped that the state and the judicial system could protect us — the minority — but that was too high an expectation,” he said after Monday’s trial session.

Deden questioned whether freedom of religion still existed as a legal rig...