Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Violence at blasphemy trial in Central Java

Blasphemy trial: Antonius Richmond Bawengan stands in a blasphemy case in Temanggung, Central Java (Antara/Anis Efizudin)

Violence broke out on Tuesday at a blasphemy trial in Temanggung, Central Java, immediately after prosecutors read out a five-year prison sentence demand for defendant Antonius Richmond Bawengan.

Trial spectators suddenly attacked the defendant, prosecutors and judges, while a group of people outside the courtroom broke windows and set parked cars on fire, reported Tuesday.

Judges were evacuated from the courtroom. Police fired tear gas, but the violence did not stop. An official of Temanggung District Court was also injured in the attack.

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