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Jakarta Post

Business interests blamed for church rows

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 24 2011   /  07:00 am

Competition for prime business locations may be the motive behind rows that are currently embroiling two churches in Greater Jakarta.

The Bethel Injil Sepenuh Church (GBIS), which occupies a strategic corner in the bustling commercial district of Jati Baru, Central Jakarta, has been under threat of eviction by a highly respected local family in Tanah Abang.

GBIS Rev. J. W. Sheno said the family of M. Yusuf Muhi, also known as Bang Ucu, recently told him that the church and its congregation would be evicted on Aug. 22, based on a 1957 court ruling on a land dispute.

“But as a matter of fact, the Central Jakarta District Court previously told us that it called off the eviction. But, Bang Ucu kept on telling us that an eviction was due on Monday. Of course, nothing happened,” Sheno told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

The dispute concerns the ownership of a 311-...