JAKARTA - Prosecutors in Indonesia have asked for 15 to 20 year jail sentences for 17 Christians charged under anti-terror laws of the murder on two Muslims by an angry mob which presented itself after the execution of three Christian militants last year. The 17 were part of a gang that allegedly killed a Muslim fishmonger and his assistant in the region of Poso in Central Sulawesi. This area is a Christian pocket in the predominantly Muslim Indonesia.
Thousands of people protest last Septembers executions, arguing that the punishment against the three were convicted of leading a mob that killed hundreds of Muslims in a boarding school in 2000 was not correct. Prosecutor Totok Bambang said that 12 Christians "beat the victims with bare hands as well as timber sticks, vandalized their car and shoved it into a sewer which led to their death". Bambang also said that the other five were involved in dumping the bodies.
Defense lawyer Elvis Katuwu told to reporters that his clients should not have been charged under anti-terror laws. "None of the evidence pointed to terrorism... They should have been charged under the criminal code," Katuwu told.