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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Clear and Present Danger: Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia

Accompanied by his aide and one of his staff carrying a pile of documents, National Police Chief Tito Karnavian hurried into the Bima Room at the Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Law and Security in central Jakarta. Tito was almost late for the day's meeting, especially called to decide whether or not the hardline Islamic group, Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), should be dissolved.

Once Tito arrived, Coordinating Minister for…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Shocking Verdict

Things happened quickly, beyond the expectations of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and his legal team. Right after the panel of judges at the North Jakarta Administrative Court found Basuki guilty, on Tuesday last week, the prosecutor asked to meet with Basuki outside the courtroom. 'Come one, let's chat out back," said one prosecutor.