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Suspects can’t explain why they burned man alive

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 28, 2018   /   02:15 pm
Suspects can’t explain why they burned man alive Defendants (in white), accused of lynching and burning a man to death, attend a hearing at Bekasi District Court on Feb. 27. They are on trial for the lynching of Muhammad Al Zahra, who they accused of stealing amplifiers from a mushola (prayer room) in Babelan district, Bekasi, West Java on Aug. 1, 2017. (kompas.com/Setyo Adi )

Mob lynching suspects, who are accused of burning a man named Muhammad Al Zahra aka Zoya, 30, to death in August last year, burst into tears during their trial at Bekasi District Court on Tuesday, in regret of their actions.

The defendants lynched Muhammad after they accused the electronic repair man of stealing amplifiers from a mushola (prayer room) in Babelan district on Aug. 1 last year.  

The young father Muhammad was survived by his pregnant widow and their toddler son.

Rosadi, who was accused of burning the victim’s body, could not explain why he committed such an act. “I regret it, judges,” he said sobbing, kompas.com reported.

Other suspects, named Zulkafi and Aldi, were also seen crying during the trial. Meanwhile, suspects Najibullah, Karta and Subur bowed their heads.

The trial will be continued on March 6 to hear witness testimony. The court ruling will be issued afterwards.

The suspects face chargers under KUHP Article 351 concerning assault and Article 170 concerning violence toward human beings and goods, which carries a seven-year prison sentence.  (vny)