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New court head slams sharia bylaws

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 23 2008   /  10:02 am

Less than 24 hours after being sworn in as the new head of the Constitutional Court, Moh. Mahfud M.D. on Friday slammed regional administrations for enacting sharia-inspired bylaws. The enforcement of sharia-based ordinances threatens national integrity and runs counter to the state ideology (Pancasila) principles of social justice, since they discriminate against minority groups, he said. "Sharia bylaws are not constitutionally or legally correct because, territorially and ideologically, they threaten our national integrity," Mahfud told top military officers attending a training program on the amended Constitution and human rights. On Tuesday, Indonesian Military chief Gen. Djoko Santoso, who opened the Friday training program, warned against attempts to establish an Islamic state or alter state ideology. Such activities are categorized as "...