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Prosecutors Preparing Trials for 12 Men Allegedly Involved in Ahmadiyah Attack
Heru Andriyanto | April 4, 2011
At least 12 suspects linked to the deadly attack on Ahmadiyah members in Banten are set to be tried after prosecutors declared their cases were nearly ready.
Noor Rachmat, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, said over the weekend that the Banten prosecutor’s office had confirmed the cases against nine suspects were already complete and police charge sheets against three others were expected to be finalized later this week.
The nine suspects whose cases are already complete are Ujang bin Sahari, Yusri bin Bisri, Munir bin Basri, Yusuf Abidin, aka Asmat Bin Kamsa, K.H. Ujang Muhammad Arif bin Abuya Surya, Muhammad bin Syarif, Endang bin Sidik, Saad Baharudin bin Sapri and Dani bin Misra.
The cases against the three other suspects — Idris bin Madhani, Adam Damini bin Armad and Deden — were still being reviewed, Noor added.
Deden, one of the Ahmadiyah members injured in the attack that left three dead, is being investigated for inciting hatred. According to police reports, he refused a police order to evacuate along with the other Ahmadis before the incident. The police said his refusal to evacuate was a key factor in the clash.
All suspects are residents of Cikeusik subdistrict, where the attack took place on Feb. 6. A recent decision by the Supreme Court moved the venue for the trials from Pandeglang district, which includes Cikeusik, to the provincial capital, Serang.
Agus Setiawan, the lawyer for the 11 suspects not including Deden, said on Friday that he welcomed the decision to keep the trials in Banten.
“We applaud the Supreme Court’s decision for the trials to be held in Serang. The decision meets our sense of justice,” he said. “We are coordinating with local residents, clerics and other prominent figures here to ensure the hearings will proceed smoothly and safely.”