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Catholic trio to face firing squad

INDONESIA'S Supreme Court has rejected the second appeal of the death penalty of three Catholics from POSO.

Fabianus libo, 60. Dominggus da Silva, 42. and Marinus Riwu, 48. of the island of Sulawesi, were arrested in 2000, accused of involvement in a massacre of hundreds of Muslims. From 1998 to 2001, bloody confrontations between Christians and Muslims took place on the island, which left more than 2,000 dead.

According to AsiaNews, an agency of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions. the proceedings against the three men were marred by pressure from Muslim extremists. Bishop Joseph Suwatan of Manado visited the three condemned men in March on behalf of the Pope and communicated the Pope's concern and solidarity.

Justice Djoko Sarwoko said that "there were no more legal venues available to the defense team".

AsiaNews that the three are in isolation awaiting imminent execution by firing squad.

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