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Islamic Groups Demand Harsh Punishment for Bombers

Indonesian Moslems Call on Government to Show No Mercy on Terrorist Bombers.

(12/9/2002) One of Indonesia's leading Islamic organizations, Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) has joined other Islamic groups in Indonesia in calling for the sternest possible punishments to be meted out to those found guilty of the October 12th bombing of a Bali nightspot.

In a public statement issued on October 27th, the General Secretary of the MUI, Din Syamsudin, said, "we ask that the bombers receive the harshest possible punishment because they have caused the deaths of others."

He also used the occasion to bemoan the misappropriation of the term "Jihad" by those who have given a word describing religious striving and struggle a violent and incorrect connotation.

In response to reports that a suicide bomber may have been involved in the October 12th attack, Syamsuddin underlined that the MUI strongly forbids suicide bombings, saying nothing in the current situation in the Country warrants such radical action.