Government to Execute Three Christians Who Allegedly Plotted Against Muslims

August 11, 2006

Source: BBC News

On August 11, 2006 BBC News reported, "Indonesian officials have delayed the execution of three Christians sentenced to death for attacking Muslims. The three were due to be executed by firing squad early on Saturday, but were given a last-minute reprieve after an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI. They were sentenced for inciting attacks during religious rioting in Central Sulawesi in 2000. Officials said the executions were being delayed until after celebrations to mark Indonesia's independence day. The country's police chief Sutanto said the delay in carrying out the executions was 'just a matter of timing'. The three men would be executed after the 17 August festivities, he added. The stay of execution was granted after the Vatican delivered an appeal for clemency to the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. There was no comment from the president's office about the decision to delay the executions."