Technically Basri wasn’t freed. He was allowed to go home to visit his “sick wife” and then left unguarded for hours. In a completely inexplicable set of circumstances that the authorities could not have possibly imagined would occur… he escaped.
Basri should have received the death penalty for the murder of 3 Christian schoolgirls. The three girls, Theresia Morangke and Yarni Sambue, both 15, and 17-year-old Alfita Poliwo, had their heads cut off. One of the heads was placed in a bag along on the steps of a church along with a note reading, “We will murder 100 more Christian teenagers and their heads will be presented as presents.”
What did he mean by presents? Basri and his fellow Muslims were celebrating the end of the Islamic Ramadan. It’s an event that Obama annually commemorates at the White House, but Basri really got into the spirit of the season.
Basri said he and two others killed the girls and took their heads to the group’s headquarters as a “gift” to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
The bodies, dressed in school uniform, were left by the roadside near the execution site, but the heads were carried in a backpack.
Basri claimed he was sorry “not just from my mouth but from deep in my heart.” But he nevertheless joked and laughed as he described how it took two swipes of his machete to lop the head off one of the girls.
Basri, whom the Indonesian authorities for all intents and purposes set free, received weapons training from Al Qaeda’s affiliate Jemaah Islamiyah. And he had confessed to beheading one of the girls personally.
Despite all this Basri only received a comparatively short jail term. It’s not that Indonesia doesn’t have the death penalty or doesn’t use it as casually as most Muslim countries do. A 56-year-old woman from the UK is facing the death penalty for drug smuggling. And since she isn’t a Muslim, she has something to worry about. It’s safe to say that no one will be taking her to visit any sick relatives while leaving her unguarded.
If you want to understand the difference between Islam and every other religion on earth, you could do worse than read this single paragraph describing how the spiritual musings of the mastermind of these atrocities.
Hasanuddin allegedly returned from a visit to members of Philippines Islamist group the Moro Islamic Liberation Front with tales of how that organisation regularly staged bombings to coincide with Lebaran, the festival that ends the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. However, after further discussion with friends, he decided that beheading Christians could qualify as an act of Muslim charity.