Police Chief to Be Summoned Over Lady Gaga and Church Dispute Controversies

By webadmin on 11:31 am May 21, 2012
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Jakarta Globe

The House of Representatives put National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo at the top of its summons list on Monday to answer questions regarding the Lady Gaga concert controversy and ongoing church disputes.

“On our list, the National Police chief is the first [to be summoned],” Nasir Djamil, deputy chairman of House Commission III, said on Monday as quoted by detik.com. “This [summon] is related to the security and safety of people, to religious problems and other legal cases that have attracted public attention.”

Lawmakers will conduct a meeting on Monday to arrange the schedule to summon the National Police chief.

Eva Kusuma Sundari, a member of House Commission III from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, said the focus would be on the police’s role in protecting places of worships.

“[We demand an explanation] on the strategy to secure minority places of worship, public security and order as well as a permit for the Lady Gaga concert,” she said.

The Lady Gaga concert permit is still in limbo because the National Police were indecisive over whether or not to grant the permit.

Last week, National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said the National Police would follow the recommendation of Jakarta Police and not issue a permit for the concert.

However, after massive public criticism, Djoko Suyanto, Coordinating Minister for Law, Politics and Security, said the National Police had not made any decision over whether or not to issue the permit.

Djoko asked people involved in the concert to participate in a dialogue to find the best solution, such as adjusting costumes and songs performed by Lady Gaga.

Concerning religious freedom, lawmakers planned to discuss the GKI Yasmin and HKBP Filadelfia church disputes with the National Police.

Congregation members from both churches have been forced to worship on the side of the road because the Bogor mayor and the Bekasi district chief sealed the churches and banned religious activities despite Supreme Court rulings stating the churches should be allowed to operate.