imprisoned for rioting
Nine Indonesians imprisoned for riotingJAKARTA, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- An East Java district court has sentenced nine men to prison sentences ranging from five to seven months for their involvement in rioting in October that left five people dead. East Java's Situbondo district court on Thursday had found the nine youths guilty of committing destructive acts by stoning of worship sites. One man charged with the crime was released for lack of evidence. Nine others have already been convicted and received similar sentences in connection with the rioting. The demonstrations began Oct. 10 shortly after local prosecutors asked a judge to sentence Saleh, a 23-year-old Muslim accused of insulting Islam, to five years in prison. Government forces put down the riot after five hours, but not before 22 churches and scores of other buildings had been set ablaze or damaged, killing five epeople who were trapped inside one of the churches.
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