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Jakarta Post

Groups skirmish during Rizieq trial

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 26 2008   /  11:03 am

Members of two organizations clashed outside the Central Jakarta district court building Thursday as Rizieq Shihab's trial continues. Supporters of the Islamic hardline group Islam Defenders Front (FPI) and a group of men clad in T-shirts emblazoned with the word Banser -- a paramilitary group tied to another Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama -- came to blows during the trial's midday break. Thursday was the ninth day of hearings in Rizieq's trial. He is charged with allegedly inciting his supporters to riot by attacking a rally promoting religious tolerance at National Monument (Monas) park June 1. Four people wearing Banser T-shirts and three FPI supporters were injured during the Thursday fracas. Sultan, a witness, said both sides had also thrown stones at each other. Both sides claimed that the other party had been the aggressor. In the aftern...