The death penalty receives continued support from conservative Islamic groups.
In responding to increased calls of late for the abolition of capital punishment, particularly in light of the case of Fabianus Tibo, H. Amidhan, of the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), said that within Islamic law the death penalty was permitted. In its application, he went on, there should be no feelings of pity for those to be punished in such a way. He urged the government to be firm in carrying out the punishment, according to the law.
Within Islam, he added, there was the provision for the carrying out of the punishment to be instead replaced by some form of payment or fine but that in the case of serious crimes such as terrorism and "provocation" this could not be allowed.
He claimed that 150 countries in the world permit the death penalty, seemingly a great overstatement of the facts.