INDONESIA SETS DATE FOR EXECUTION OF CHRISTIAN MILITANTS
September 19, 2006: three Indonesian Christian militants convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims will be executed on September 21, the convicts' lawyer said, but there was no immediate word on the fate of their clemency appeals.
Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were sentenced to death in 2001 after being found guilty of leading a Christian mob in an attack that killed more than 200 people at an Islamic boarding school during Muslim-Christian clashes in Central Sulawesi's Poso region. They had appealed to the Indonesian president for clemency and Pope Benedict also called on Indonesia to stop the execution. Muslim-Christian clashes erupted in Central Sulawesi from late 1998 to 2001, killing 2,000 before a peace accord took effect. (Sources: Reuters, 19/09/2006)