Friday, March 31, 2006

Time Running Out for Indonesians on Death Row

Amnesty International is urging Indonesian authorities to abandon or delay the imminent execution of three men charged with committing premeditated murder and inciting riots in the country six years ago.

AI says the men - Fabianus Tibo (60), Dominggus da Silva (42) and Marinus Riwu (48) - are due to be executed before the end of March for their role in inter-faith clashes in Indonesia. The three were sentenced to death in April 2001 for their alleged role in the riots and ensuing deaths in the Indonesian town of Poso in May 2000.

Indonesian newspapers are reporting that the Central Sulawesi Police have prepared four firing squads, comprising of 44 sharp shooters, to carry out the executions within the next few days.

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