Deadly Recruitment Drive
THE amateur video was 75 minutes and 34 seconds long. It opened with Arabic calligraphy quoting verses from the Quran, followed by a series of photographs of violence involving the Muslim community in Indonesia. An upbeat nasyid song played in the background. The lyrics repeatedly called on Muslims to carry out jihad.
The first 15 minutes of the video were about the history of clashes between Islamic…
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IF exposing the Munir tragedy was to be a "test of our nation's history" then the government and its apparatus have most assuredly failed. For more than a decade since the human rights activist's death from arsenic poisoning while on a trip to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the law has only touched the perpetrator.
Two weeks ago, the authorities failed the test even more completely as Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, the perpetrator found guilty in this case, was released.