A Muslim cleric? A man who has dedicated his life to understanding Islam correctly and communicating it properly somehow got the idea that his religion commanded him to fight against and kill unbelievers? How could this have happened? Surely Pope Francis must be on his way to Indonesia right now to explain to Aman Abdurrahman how he has misunderstood his religion, and that authentic Islam and the proper understanding of the Qur’an reject every form of violence.
Indonesian prosecutors on Friday demanded death for radical Islamic cleric Aman Abdurrahman who is accused of ordering attacks including a January 2016 suicide bombing and gun attack in Jakarta that killed four civilians and four attackers.
Abdurrahman, whom police and prosecutors say is a key ideologue for Islamic State militants in the country, sat impassively as the prosecution announced the sentencing demand before a panel of five judges.
Prosecution lawyer Anita Dewayani said Abdurrahman’s acts had resulted in deaths and injuries and there was no reason for lenience.
Abdurrahman’s next hearing was set for May 25 where he and his lawyer, appointed by the court after the cleric refused to be represented, will respond to the prosecution.
Prosecutors say Abdurrahman’s instructions from prison, where he was serving a terrorism-related sentence, resulted in several attacks in Indonesia, including the January 2016 attack on a Starbucks in Jakarta, an attack on a bus terminal in the capital that killed three police officers and an attack on a church in Kalimantan that killed a 2-year-old girl….