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Cult leader Dimas ends his mystical journey in detention

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 29 2016   /  08:17 am
In custody: A police officer escorts Dimas Kanjeng Taat Pribadi (left) in Probolinggo, East Java, on Wednesday. Dimas was arrested for allegedly ordering murders of two of his followers and fraud on Sept. 22 by police in Probolinggo. His followers believe that he can double bank notes with his magic powers.(Courtesy of tribunnews.com)

In custody: A police officer escorts Dimas Kanjeng Taat Pribadi (left) in Probolinggo, East Java, on Wednesday. Dimas was arrested for allegedly ordering murders of two of his followers and fraud on Sept. 22 by police in Probolinggo. His followers believe that he can double bank notes with his magic powers.(Courtesy of tribunnews.com)Not many people had heard of Dimas Kanjeng Taat Pribadi until recently, when East Java Police declared him a suspect of murder.

Dimas was the cult leader of a ritual group, Padepokan Dimas Kanjeng Taat Pribadi, in Probolinggo, East Java, who claims to have the ability to multiply banknotes. His supposed mystical power attracted hundreds, if not thousands, of supporters, who regularly gathered at his secluded residence.

Surprisingly, among his followers was Marwah Daud Ibrahim, a US doctoral graduate who once led the Indonesian Muslim Intellectu...