Five-and-a-half months in prison for “unpleasant deeds.”
“Indonesia jails Muslim radical over Christian attack,” from AFP, February 24 (thanks to Twostellas):
An Indonesian court today jailed the leader of an Islamic vigilante group over an attack on senior Christians, as the country grapples with an outbreak of interfaith violence.
Murhali Barda, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) in Bekasi, a city to the east of Jakarta, was convicted of “unpleasant deeds” in an attack on a priest and a Christian elder last September.
Sentencing Barda to five-and-a-half months in prison, Judge Wasdi Permana said he had “misused his authority as a cleric. He had urged protesters to disrupt the church’s worship activities.”
Separately, 12 others were jailed for between five and seven months over the attack, in which one of the Christians was beaten with a stick and the other was stabbed.
Two hundred radical Muslims shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greater) and “Free Murhali” outside the court as 350 police officers guarded the trial.
Barda rejected the court’s finding and vowed to appeal.”I should have been freed. The accusations were all wrong,” he said after the trial.
Barda has previously said he had taken part in protests against Christian church services as a Bekasi resident, not as a member of FPI, which is known to have carried out armed attacks on moderates and minorities.
The FPI does not formally advocate mass attacks, but does share the jihadists’ agenda of implementing sharia law in Indonesia….