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Jakarta Post

WikiLeaks: National Police funded FPI hard-liners

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 5 2011   /  08:00 am

The National Police and the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) denied on Sunday allegations in leaked US diplomatic cables that say the hard-line Islamic group receives funding from the police.

Published on WikiLeaks’ website, the document said the police used the group as “an attack dog” and named several top brass as responsible for the funding.

National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said the police treat the FPI as they would any other civilian group.

“As a part of society, the FPI is our partner … in a positive way,” Boy said.

He said WikiLeaks had published “inaccurate data and false facts”. “We should not believe information coming from such a very shallow analysis,” he added.

The anti-censorship website on Tuesday continued to release thousands of US diplomatic cables that originated from the US Embassy in Jakarta.