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Jakarta Post

Court upholds disbandment of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia

  • Kharishar Kahfi 

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 7, 2018   /   03:14 pm
Court upholds disbandment of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) members and Greater Jakarta sympathizers of Islamist organizations stage a rally in Jakarta against a Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) on Mass Organizations in July 2017, the same month the HTI was disbanded. (JP/Ibrahim Irsyad)

A Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) judicial panel has rejected on Monday the petition Muslim group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) filed to challenge the government’s instruction to revoke the HTI's legal entity status and disband the organization.

The judicial panel led by Tri Cahya Indra Permana said it had rejected the HTI’s petition because the group's activities went against the Pancasila state ideology.

“We reject the lawsuit,” Tri said at Monday’s hearing.

The panel also said the evidence proved that the HTI had tried to spread caliphate teachings in an effort to alter the state ideology, even holding a caliphate conference in 2013 at Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.

“The HTI was not a congregation but a political party,” the panel said. 

The Law and Human Rights Ministry issued HTI’s organizational permit in July 2014. However, the group had since been accused of promoting the establishment of a caliphate, which contradicted Pancasila.

The government disbanded the HTI on July 19, 2017. (hol/evi)