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Police To Ensure Ahmadiyah Members’ Safety
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - National Police Chief Gen Sutanto said the police would ensure the safety and security of members of the “deviant” Islamic sect Jamaah Ahmadiyah (JAI).
“Even terror suspects we protect, let alone good people,” Sutanto said after attending a function where President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono pinned an Air Force Honorary Wing on visiting Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam at the National Defense Forces (TNI) Headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta, on Wednesday.
The Air Force Honorary Wing was awarded to the Sultan of Brunei as a token of the highest appreciation for his support to the improvement of bilateral relations, especially the relations between the two countries’ air forces.
Commenting on Ahmadiyah, Sutanto said it was the police’s duty to ensure the security and safety of all people whoever they were.
Over the weekend, a JAI delegation came to the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department to lodge a complaint about attacks on JAI property and personnel in several places in West Java.
Last Tuesday, a JAI delegation also met with Presidential Advisory Council members to demand protection from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Meanwhile, the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) spokesperson Hesti Armiwulan said here on Monday the Commission would adopt a position on the Ahmadiyah issue following the issuance of a recommendation by the Coordinating Board for Monitoring Religious Faiths in Society (Bakor Pakem) that the sect’s activities must be stopped.
“Later this week at the latest, Komnas HAM will have determined its position on the Ahmadiyah movement,” Hesti Armiwulan said.
Earlier, on Thursday, April 17, members of JAI and the Nationalist Alliance for Freedom of Religion and Belief (AKKBB) came to the Komnas HAM office to protest against the Bakor Pakem recommendation.
Hesti Ariwulan said Komnas HAM actually did not have any schedule for a plenary session to discuss the fate of Ahmadiyah.
“JAI came to Komnas HAM on Thursday, or one day after we concluded our plenary session on April 15-16. Therefore, we did not discuss the Ahmadiyah issue,” Hesti Ariwulan said.
The recommendation from the Bakor Pakem called for the issuance of a government decree to outlaw Ahmadiyah.(*)