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Power and legal immunity: Alleged rape at Jombang boarding school

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

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Jombang, East Java   /   Thu, February 6, 2020   /  11:43 am
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A rape case allegedly involving the son of a prominent Muslim cleric in Jombang, East Java, has advanced into a new phase with the Shiddiqiyyah Islamic boarding school, which was founded by the suspect’s father, resisting the legal process. On Jan. 14, more than 500 of the Shiddiqiyyah Islamic boarding school students and members of the Shiddiqiyyah tarekat (spiritual fraternity) flocked to the street in front of the Jombang Police office to show their support for the suspect, Moch Subchi Azal Tsani, 39. He is the son of Mochammad Muhtar, 91, an influential Muslim cleric, who is the founder of the school and is the supreme imam of the Shiddiqiyyah tarekat. The next day, the East Java Police announced it was taking the case from the Jombang Police. “We hope that Jombang Police can work more effectively in maintaining social order and security in the reg...