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Jakarta Post

Muslim groups want Densus 88 dissolved over rights abuses

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 1 2013   /  10:47 am

Quis custodiet?: Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsuddin (right) and Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman Amidhan (left) talk to reporters after meeting with National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo in Jakarta on Thursday. Leaders of the Islamic groups demanded the disbandment of the police’s Special Detachment (Densus) 88, alleging widespread violations of terror suspects’ rights. JP/Wendra AjistyatamaMuslim groups have called on the National Police to dissolve the country’s anti-terror squad (Densus 88) in the wake of allegations it has tortured, wrongfully arrested or killed suspected terrorists while battling terrorism.

Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsuddin, who is also deputy chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), said the police force must change its current approach to combating terrorism as it would prove counterproductive to terrorism eradication efforts. <...