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Indonesia Sentences Muslim Militant to Death


A court in Maluku province has sentenced a Muslim militant to death for his role in sectarian attacks that killed at least eight people.

An Ambon district court judge Kharlison Harianja found Asep Jaya guilty of involvement in terrorist acts and illegal possession of firearms.

Jaya was involved in attacks on a village and a police post that killed nine people in 2004 and 2005. He has denied guilt and appealed Monday's verdict.

Violence between Christians and Muslims has killed more than five thousand people since 1999 on Ambon and surrounding islands in the Maluku chain.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.