JAKARTA, Indonesia — Foreign governments and human rights groups
say the relatively light sentences given to 12 men who participated in
the brutal killings of three minority Muslim sect members sends a
chilling message about growing religious intolerance in Indonesia.
The attack — captured on video and widely circulated on the
Internet — showed a frenzied crowd of around 1,500 descending on members
of Ahmadiyah with machetes, wooden clubs and rocks to try to prevent
them from worshipping.