Govt to go to court to dis­band rad­i­cal group

New Straits Times - - World -

JAKARTA: In­done­sia said yes­ter­day it would dis­band the lo­cal branch of rad­i­cal group Hizbut-Tahrir, as con­cerns grow about hard­lin­ers in the coun­try.

Hizbut-Tahrir, which calls for syariah and wants to unify all Mus­lims into a caliphate, has been oper­at­ing for decades.

While most peo­ple prac­tise a mod­er­ate form of Is­lam in the coun­try, fears have been grow­ing about the in­flu­ence of rad­i­cals, par­tic­u­larly af­ter protests against the city’s Chris­tian gover­nor.

An­nounc­ing the plan, Chief Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Wi­ranto said: “The govern­ment needs to firmly take le­gal steps to dis­band Hizbut-Tahrir In­done­sia.”

He said au­thor­i­ties would go to court to get the group dis­solved, but in­sisted that the de­ci­sion did not mean the govern­ment was against all Mus­lim or­gan­i­sa­tions.

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