Indonesian court lets anti-Ahmadi mob perpetrators off 'lightly'

Published: July 28, 2011
An Indonesian Muslim accused of assault on a Ahmadiyah follower sits waiting during his verdict at the court room in Serang, Indonesia's Banten province July 28, 2011. A group who brutally attacked and killed three followers from a religious sect were jailed on Thursday for periods between three to six months in prison. REUTERS

An Indonesian Muslim accused of assault on a Ahmadiyah follower sits waiting during his verdict at the court room in Serang, Indonesia's Banten province July 28, 2011. A group who brutally attacked and killed three followers from a religious sect were jailed on Thursday for periods between three to six months in prison. REUTERS

SERANG, INDONESIA: In what seems to have been a light sentence, an Indonesian court on Thursday sentenced religious fanatics who killed three members of the minority Ahmadiyah Muslim sect in a frenzied mob attack to between three and six months in jail.

Dani bin Misra, a 17-year-old who smashed a victim’s skull with a stone, received three months for manslaughter. While Idris bin Mahdani, who led the mob of more than 1,000 Muslims in the February attack, was convicted of illegal possession of a machete and received five months and 15 days in jail.

Twelve people stood for trial, but none faced murder charges in what human rights activists termed was a travesty of justice in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.

The unprovoked violence against the Ahmadiyah sect members in Cikeusik, western Java, was one of the most horrific in a long line of attacks on the minority group in Indonesia in recent years.

Ahmadiyah, unlike mainstream Muslims, do not believe Mohammed was the last prophet and are regarded as heretics and blasphemers by conservatives in places like Indonesia and Pakistan.

A secretly filmed video of the attack brought religious violence in Indonesia under the international spotlight, and provoked condemnation from the United States, Italy and international rights groups.

“When the Cikeusik video went viral, people around the world were shocked and appalled by the savagery of the mob kicking and slashing three men to death,” Human Rights Watch Deputy Director for Asia Phil Robertson said.

“But instead of charging the defendants with murder and other serious crimes, prosecutors came up with an almost laughable list of ‘slap-on-the wrist’ charges.

“The Cikeusik trial sends the chilling message that attacks on minorities like the Ahmadiyah will be treated lightly by the legal system. This is a sad day for justice in Indonesia.”


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Reader Comments (24)

  • Tanoli
    Jul 28, 2011 - 9:35PM

    its a indonessia internal affaire.


  • R A
    Jul 28, 2011 - 10:07PM

    So is the brutality in Kashmir and Palestine
    Indias and Israels internal affair.

  • bunty
    Jul 28, 2011 - 10:19PM

    your source? wikipedia?Recommend

  • M M Malik
    Jul 28, 2011 - 10:54PM

    The morally bankrupt attack minorities. Unbridled religious zealousness leads to extreme violence and intolerance, which are un-Islamic.


  • Cautious
    Jul 28, 2011 - 10:56PM

    It’s an unfortunate fact that Muslims don’t seem to think that Non Muslims should be treated with the same respect as Muslims — also apparent that different sects of Muslims don’t think the other sects should be treated much (if any) different than Non Muslims. It’s a xenophobic flaw that needs to be addressed/fixed.


  • goggi
    Jul 28, 2011 - 10:59PM

    Great INJUSTICE in the Islamic world to sentence Muslims for another 90 nights in confinement for the murder of humans who are already condemned from them as “wajbul qatal!”. In Pakistan such murderers get the title of GHAZI and are the folk heroes of the masses.


  • Ashutosh
    Jul 28, 2011 - 11:05PM

    Hafis Saeed and the above judgement are my source.


  • Aq
    Jul 28, 2011 - 11:52PM

    Crooked Islamic ideology of Maudoodis and Saudis are the real source of this injustices in Muslim world. Apparently saudis have exported their extremist ideology to many Muslims countries which will only bring intolerance and hate towards other human beings.


  • Salman Arshad
    Jul 29, 2011 - 12:08AM

    Our courts could learn something from Indonesia!
    Killing Ahmadis should be punished by at least a few days in jail or a symbolic fine.
    Killing of Ahmadis by individuals should be discouraged.
    Only the State has the right to kill somebody through due process.


  • Mufti sahab
    Jul 29, 2011 - 1:04AM

    Extremism by the wahabis and the islamists will increase in indonesia.

    my personal opinion is that this extremism will engulf all muslim societies, it is like a trend which has to run its course like the european dark ages before islam is reformed and becomes fit for use again.


  • T Khan
    Jul 29, 2011 - 4:43AM

    Jut to put the facts right…Ahmadies wholeheartedly believe that Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) was the greatest and last prophet with sharia, of Allah. Allah has not though, stopped sending his messengers to the world for the guidance of people and to bring them back to the path of true faith, as such is not His sunnah. Looking around us can we not see that even while claiming to be the custodians of Islam, Muslims are in the front lines of violent, immoral and corrupt amongst the people??? Is it not the time for the Heavenly Hand to move and correct the wrongs???
    Islam is passing through the era that Christianity saw during the dark ages, when ordinary man was not deemed worthy of opening the bible and anyone who questioned was ” regarded as heretics and blasphemers.”
    When will we start to understand and learn about our religion ourselves and not listen and believe whatever is said by the ‘moulana’ in his sermon???


  • basharat
    Jul 29, 2011 - 5:13AM

    glaring example of so called islamic justice. These bigots/brutes , as a matter of fact showing Islam as a intolerant religion whereas I slam is a tolerant religion in the real sense of the word.
    As quick as possible we must free our country free from fanaticism so is better .


  • Sabahat
    Jul 29, 2011 - 6:19AM

    Being in ahmadi means deprivation of justice and basic human rights. Our society is getting morr and more intolerant towards supressed minorities.


  • Jameel
    Jul 29, 2011 - 9:11AM


    its a dangerous cult in muslim

    You mean Ahmadis who are getting killed are dangerous for the society that is killing them? Are you out of your mind?
    Come up with a better reason to justify these murders.


  • from india
    Jul 29, 2011 - 10:39AM

    we once had a chief justice of the supreme court who was an ahmedi muslim !! i like ahmedi and sufi muslims and their culture …you will not find a single terrorist who is an ahmedi muslim …they are the sane mindsRecommend

  • R A
    Jul 29, 2011 - 2:38PM

    At first it is Indonasias internal affair
    Now Ahmadis are guilty
    What ? Is it Islamic justice ?


  • Tanoli
    Jul 29, 2011 - 5:49PM

    @ R K
    If you dont know diffrence between disputes and internal affair then ILLA MASHALLH.


  • Tom
    Jul 29, 2011 - 6:23PM

    @Tanoli: South African apartheid was an ‘internal affair’ so I suppose you were against the boycotts of South Africa on that basis, eh? And the Srebrenica massacre, also an ‘internal affair’ (more than 8000 Muslims slaughtered), but you are ok with that I take it.


  • Waseem
    Jul 29, 2011 - 7:04PM

    Tanoli is so confused within him/herself that he doesn’t know what to say but he is enjoying the so called brutality. How can it be a matter of internal affairs. If you kill your family is it internal affair of your household, actually you know what people like you might say yea it will be so lets put it this way, if yoru family kills you, is it still internal affair?
    Ahh these people give islam and hazoor pbuh such a bad name, Islam is the most peaceful religion in the world, and hazoor pbuh were the msot peaceful person in the world. and then comes these mullahs who wants to destroy the image of islam and the prophet of islam. May Allah guide you to right path.


  • Tanoli
    Jul 29, 2011 - 7:13PM

    @ T khan
    if Ahmedi or qadianis beliebe this then why they have been called no muslim
    if they say Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him and his family) is the last and
    true prophet and messenger in all meaning and there will be no more Nabi will come
    after him and work of messenger will do ULLAMA e umat if u guys believe then why
    the court declare ahmedis r non muslims and muslims are not going through dark ages islam is light and dont
    compare us with them if u know (last words of surrah fateh).Recommend

  • Omar
    Jul 29, 2011 - 8:01PM


    “Ahmadiyah, unlike mainstream Muslims, do not believe Mohammed was the last prophet”


    We regard Holy Prophet P.B.U.H as the last prophet. Please do a detailed research. Thanks


  • Tanoli
    Jul 30, 2011 - 12:00AM

    @ omer
    Please dont make us fool T khan allready told what qadianis believe in the words
    u guys uding making peoples (Gumrah) fools and please clear your self there will be
    no more messenger after muhammad peace be upon him and his family only ULLAM
    -UMATH will does the tabliegh work of nabi and there is Hadith e nabi (PBUH and his
    fimily). NOTE ( Rehman malik also need to know this Hadith e Nabi).


  • AnisAqeel
    Jul 30, 2011 - 6:15PM

    Disgusting, where justice system is driven by might and ignorant discuss to justify brutal killings as Islamic. Please note what Quran says, if “one person killed innocently, the whole humanity is killed’ and here a brutal and disgusting killings and disrespecting the dead bodies is being justified by some. This is called brain washed minds following blindly.


  • T Khan
    Jul 31, 2011 - 8:59AM

    What ‘work of messenger ‘are the ullemas doing in the Muslim world… care to deliberate???
    AnHazour SAW was indeed the last prophet of Allah with sharia, but Allah has not forsaken His creation. Is that so hard to believe???
    Ahmadies believe in Khatam-e-Nabouwat, but Allah has not closed the door to umati nabi.
    Muslims today are ready to welcome a nabi of fore gone days, the nabi of Christianity as the final savior of the world, but would not consider that Allah’s guidance and Our Holy Prophet’s teaching is worthy to give a man from his umat the status of Esa-e-Mohamadi???
    As far as the parliament declaring Ahmadies non Muslim, to date the proceedings of what happened in the parliament has been kept secret from public eye. If it was such a remarkable decision in the history of Islam why are the reasons kept secret?? It was a political decision and nothing more.
    This is exactly the point I made in the first place. Have you ever bothered to investigate the truth yourself or listening and believing is enough for you??
    The last verse of Surah Fatihah is a DUA …’ O Allah save us from the path of zualeen.’ Promises of Allah are for those who follow the ‘Sirat-e-Mutakeem’


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