East Java Police Arrest Alleged Shiite Murderer

By webadmin on 05:19 pm Sep 21, 2012
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Jakarta Globe

Surabaya.
East Java Police said on
Friday that they have arrested a man believed to have been the killer
of a Shiite
member during
a mob attack
in Sampang last
month
.

East Java
Police
spokesman Sr. Comr. Hilman Thayib
said
the 62-year old suspect,
with the initial
s
HDR, is accused of killing
Hamama, also known
as Husin, during
the Aug. 26
attack on
a group of Shiites that left two dead and seven injured
.

“We arrested HDR,
the suspected murderer
of Hamama, on Wednesday in Lumajang,” Hilman said. “So we have
now arrested
five out of nine suspects.”

The other
four suspects in custody
are
Nahdlatul Ulama figure Roisul Hukama,
the
brother of Shiite
cleric Tajul Muluk; S.P.
,
who
is suspected
of torching
homes;
M, also charged with arson as police allege
that he provided the kerosene used;
and
S.E.,
who beat
up
the victims.

These
five
were the
main perpetrators
of the mob
attack, having
provoked
people to riot, burn, abuse and
kill,
the police spokesman said
.

“The four suspects
still at large
are A.S.,
M.S., Z and H,” Hilman said. “But they only assisted in the
attack
on the Shia
community in Sampang. We hope the four fugitives will
surrender.”

HDR has
been
charged with several
articles under the Criminal Code, including premeditated
murder,
which means he is facing a
maximum sentence of
15 years
in prison.

The other suspect, Roisul, whose dossier has been
completed and handed over to the
East Java Prosecutor‘s
Office,
is
charged with committing
premeditated murder, participating in a mob attack, suggesting others
commit a violent crime, assisting them as they commit a crime and
assault that resulted in someone’s death. He
also
faces a maximum of 15 years
in prison if convicted.

Roisul allegedly urged local
Sunnis to attack Shiite men over a mosque loudspeaker before
the
incident, the latest in a
long series of violent confrontations between Sampang’s Sunnis —
led by Roisul — and the region’s Shiites — who are led by
Roisul’s brother Tajul Muluk.

Sunni Muslim members who were
provoked by Roisul during the
attack
also torched dozens of
Shiite’s houses, forcing Shiites to live as refugees at Sampang sport
center after hiding in the forest.

The brothers, both heads
of rival Islamic boarding schools, began feuding in 2004 after Roisul
lost a woman he planned to marry to a man from Tajul’s school,
according to Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi. The minister called
the attack a family dispute, not another incident of anti-Shiite
violence.