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West Java Police Closer to Detaining FPI Leader Rizieq Shihab

The West Java Police gather more evidence to strengthen the case against Rizieq Shihab, leader of conservative hardline group Islamic Defenders Front (FPI).

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Ahok Lashes Out at FPI Leader During Trial

At his blasphemy trial yesterday, January 3, Jakarta Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama slammed at a leader of the activist Islamic Defender Front (FPI) who was...

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National Police Chief Bans Referring to MUI’s Fatwa As Law

National Police Chief Tito Karnavian has spoken out against those enforcing the Indonesian Ulema Council’s (MUI) fatwa as a national law.

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FPI Leader Sues Ahok to Cover Private Investigation Costs

Ahok is embroiled in a legal battle, as his blasphemy trial takes centre stage. As if that wasn’t enough, he also has to cope with a civil lawsuit from the secretary...

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Opinion: Rent-a-Mobs & Religious Red Herrings

(Note: The views, anecdotes and opinions in this article belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of Indonesia Expat.)  Paying people to stage...

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Jakarta Braces for Islamic Hardline Protest Against Governor Ahok

Several businesses in Jakarta have encouraged their employees to stay inside during what many fear will become a violent protest by Islamic hardline groups.

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How Indonesia’s FPI Is Essentially Game of Thrones’ High Sparrow

Is Indonesia ready to experience the world of Game of Thrones with the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) playing the radical role of the High Sparrow?

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Islamic Defenders Front Takes to Streets in Jakarta, Accuse Governor of Blasphemy

Thousands of activists from the hardline group Islamic Defenders Front protest in front of City Hall to indict Jakarta’s governor Ahok of “blasphemous” words and...