Hans-Gert Poettering demands annulment of the death penalty on three Christians in Indonesia.

Posted in Other | 19-Sep-06

Hans-Gert Poettering, Chairman of the EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament

In a letter to the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Chairman of the EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Poettering, has called on the Indonesian President to annul the death penalty imposed on three Indonesian Catholics.

The three Catholics - Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva and Marinus Riwu - were sentenced to death due to their involvement in disturbances in 2000 where 200 deaths occurred. The three are in the danger to be executed within the next few days.

In his letter Poettering points out that this judgment not only violates international rules, but it is also obvious that Indonesian security forces purposefully picked out the three Christians, while the Muslim ringleaders were not even charged.

Pope Benedict XVI has called for the death sentences to be lifted, as have many prominent politicians - unfortunately without success so far.

The execution of these Christians, Poettering wrote, would be an affront to thousands people in the USA and Europe who supported Indonesia in its hour of need, providing hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance to victims of the 2004 tsunami.

On behalf of the EPP-ED Group Poettering appealed to the President of Indonesia to respect and tolerate other religions. The EPP-ED-Group regards tolerance and mutual respect as basic democratic principles. Inter-religious dialogue is necessary to guarantee peace, not only within the European Union, but also beyond its borders

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