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Jakarta Post

Islam Defenders mutating into splinter cells for hire

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, July 16 2010   /  12:21 pm

Indications are rife that the vigilante group the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) is degenerating into an unchained organization, allowing various vested interests to use the group's revolting elites to instill the threat of violence in regions where they see fit. The Jakarta Post's Rendi Akhmad Witular and Hans David Tampubolon explored how the FPI is mutating into a new kind of threat. Upon entering Jl. Petamburan 3, the main road heading to the FPI headquarters-cum residence of FPI chairman Habib Rizieq, in Central Jakarta, a string of cautious eyes greet unknown visitors. A couple of men guarding and working on the renovation of Rizieq's modest residence question the purpose of any visit to the site. "Habib is currently sick and cannot meet anyone for the time being. He is very tired," said Amat, one of the guards. After being released from prison in July last year, R...