Islamic Militants Get up to 19 Years in Prison for Killing Christians

Author: Staff Writer

Source: San Diego Tribune

Wire Service: AP

An Indonesian court sentenced four Islamic militants Tuesday to sentences of up to 19 years in prison for terrorist acts including the beheadings of three Christian schoolgirls and a deadly market bombing.

The men – Muhammad Basri, Arbin Djanatu, Iwan Ridwan and Tugiran – were found guilty by the South Jakarta District of violating the country’s anti-terror law, imposed a week after the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.

Basri was sentenced to 19 years in prison after he was convicted in the beheadings of three high-school students in October 2005 and the shooting of a priest and two students in 2004 – all in Central Sulawesi province.

Basri stood before the judge as the verdict was read, shouting “Allah akbar,” or God is great, and saying the killings were part of a holy war, or jihad.