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Two witnesses testify in FPI leader's Monas trial

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 2 2008   /  10:19 am

Two witnesses testified Monday in a case brought against Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Syihab at the Central Jakarta District Court over the National Monument (Monas) attack last June. Ahmad Suaedi from the Wahid Institute and Mugiyono, a police officer at the Eastern Monas police post in Central Jakarta, appeared before the court. During the hearing, presiding judge Panusunan Harahap asked Ahmad why the National Alliance for the Freedom of Faith and Religion (AKKBB) mentioned the Muslim sect Ahmadiyah in its invitation published in the media concerning its event on June 1. The event was held in support of Ahmadiyah and to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the Pancasila state ideology. The mention of "Ahmadiyah" on the invitation triggered a concentration of groups of people who later attacked AKKBB activists at Monas park. Ahma...