ACQUITTED. JAFAR UMAR THALIB, 40, Muslim cleric and leader of the Indonesian militia Laskar Jihad, of charges of inciting his followers to commit violence against Christians; in Jakarta. The prosecution said Jafar had made incendiary remarks in a speech last April in Ambon, capital of the Maluku Islands, just two days before a gang of Muslims attacked a Christian village and killed 12 people. The court ruled that the speech was insufficient evidence, leading some observers to question the country's commitment to combating Islamic militancy. In recent years, Laskar Jihad has been blamed for the deaths of hundreds of...

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