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Indonesia Sets Date for Execution of Christian Militants

The lawyer for three Indonesian Christian militants convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims says they will be executed by firing squad on Thursday.

Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were sentenced to death in 2001 after being found guilty of leading a Christian mob in clashes against Muslims in religiously divided Central Sulawesi.

The condemned men are all farmers. They were scheduled to face a firing squad last month, but their execution was delayed after an appeal from Pope Benedict.

Clashes between Muslims and Christians in 2000 and 2001 killed more than 1,000 people in Central Sulawesi.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.