Thursday, October 30, 2008

Militant cleric gets 18 months behind bars for violence

--- The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Indonesia

Militant cleric gets 18 months behind bars for violence

Jakarta Thu, 10/30/2008 12:20 PM

Central Jakarta District Court has sentenced Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab to 1.5 years in prison for inciting hatred and instigating violence against participants of a peace rally at the National Monument (Monas) complex in June.

“The defendant is declared legally and convincingly guilty for transgressing the law. He is therefore sentenced to one year and six months’ imprisonment,” Presiding Judge Panusunan Harapan told the court on Thursday.

According to the magistrate, Rizieq was proven guilty of “generating animosity and mobilizing others to commit violent acts against people and people’s property in public”.

Rizieq was previously accused of enticing FPI members to conduct a violent ambush of a rally led by the National Alliance for the Freedom of Faith and Religion (AKKBB) at Monas on June 1.

The Court based its decision on evidence from a DVD that clearly displayed group members wearing FPI attributes as sole attackers in a brawl that left around 70 activists injured.

“There is no sign of AKKBB members provoking the attack,” Harapan said. (amr)


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