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Jakarta Post

Café raid taints trust in police

  • Iman Mahditama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 30 2012   /  10:00 am

One week into the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan, a café in Pesanggrahan, South Jakarta, was ransacked by a mob of more than 100 people on Saturday evening, undermining the city police vow to ban raids during the holy month.

The case highlighted lapses in the police attempt to safeguard residents in all parts of the city against any form of vigilantism, a problem that critics have often said was rooted in a shortage of police personnel.

The police say that they have named 23 individuals, including two teenagers, as suspects in the attack on the café and the assault upon its employees, after previously detaining as many as 62 people in the case.

Nineteen of the 23 suspects have been charged with forceful attack with the intent to inflict harm, as stipulated within the Criminal Code’s Article 170, which carries a maximum sentence of five-and-a-half years in priso...