Police Terminate Investigation Into Attack on Ahmadiyah in E. Java

By Camelia Pasandaran on 01:44 pm May 20, 2013
Category Crime, Featured, News
Members of Batak Christian congregations, Shiite Muslims and Ahmadiyah protest  in Jakarta on May 6, 2013, against the plan to give the World Statesman award to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. (AFP Photo/Adek Berry)

Members of Batak Christian congregations, Shiite Muslims and Ahmadiyah protest in Jakarta on May 6, 2013, against the plan to give the World Statesman award to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. (AFP Photo/Adek Berry)

Police have halted an investigation into last week’s attack on an Ahmadiyah mosque in Tulungagung, East Java, citing an agreement by the victims to stop worshipping in their mosque.

“The victims have promised not to file a lawsuit,” Tulungagung Police chief of detectives Adj. Comr. Lahuri told Tempo.

Lahuri said that Ahmadiyah congregation members also agreed to stop worshipping in their mosque, located in Gempolan village.

A mob of more than 100 people, mostly youths from Gempolan village and neighboring areas, damaged the Baitul Salam mosque on Thursday. The mosque, built in 2007, had its windows and entrance door destroyed after the mob threw stones and bricks at the structure.

Prior to the attack, residents, police and the local Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) met with mosque attendant Japar, Ahmadiyah member Edi Susanto and Ahmadiyah preacher Rizal Fazli, to request that they shutter the mosque and stop spreading Ahmadiyah teachings.

Aminullah, an Ahmadiyah cleric who oversees the Tulungagung area, told the Jakarta Globe that Ahmadiyah members in the village were intimidated by the police and residents.

“Our members were under pressure,” Aminullah said on Monday. “They’re not well educated, seeing police with their uniforms in their village makes them scared. They would agree whatever the police said.”

Aminullah said that he suggested Ahmadiyah members make peace with the local residents. However, he said he did not realize that the agreement would force members to close their mosque.

“I did not know that detail,” Aminullah said. “But I believe they will be able to use it again later through a discussion. The most important is they’re not taking over our mosque.”

He said that he told the Ahmadiyah community not to fight back because previous experiences showed that Ahmadiyah lose most legal cases, even if they were the victims.

“We’re minority and they [legal enforcers] don’t care,” Aminullah said.

Firdaus Mubarik, spokesman of Indonesian Ahmadiyah Congregation (JAI), told the Jakarta Globe that religious freedom laws have failed to protect the minority Muslim group.

“If they’re prohibited to worship in the mosque, it means the police are siding with the attackers,” Firdaus said. “Police are protecting the interest of the perpetrators.”

  • kunri

    > “The victims have promised not to file a lawsuit,” Tulungagung Police chief of detectives Adj. Comr. Lahuri told Tempo.

    What else victims can do when you clearly take sides; your prosecution fails miserably and justice is mercilessly raped by Judges. Take the case of 3 Ahmadiyah members murdered in Cikeusik. Only 3 Murderers were convicted and one of them was awarded only 4 months prison sentence whereas one of the survivors landed in Jail for 6 months. With this kind of justice one has no way but to demand justice from his creator.

  • Roland

    The VICTIMS (“victims” triple underlined and highlighted) have promised… that’s why we stopped the investigation.
    Shouldn’t it rather be the perpetrators who have to give promises?

    And shouldn’t the police follow any breach of law and order if observed, regardless now if reported by a member of the public or not? Isn’t that their duty, their sole duty. to be “law enforcement”?

    And that’s how the dirty little trick of the police (which clearly takes side with the perpetrators) works “They [the victims] are not well educated, seeing police with their uniforms in their village makes them scared. They would agree whatever the police said.”

    • Valkyrie1604

      VICTIM

      Merriam dictionary says:

      1 – One that is acted on and usually adversely affected by a force or agent

      2 – One that is subjected to oppression, hardship or mistreatment

      3 – One that is tricked or duped

      and Dic.com says:

      1 – A person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency

      2 – A person who is deceived or cheated

  • Tatanka

    All these savage attacks will not end so long as the government officials either remain mute or to side with the terrorist thugs. It is unfathomable to consider Sunni attackers to represent Islam and as such they should be considered criminals all the way to terrorists. It is time other religions (and sects) to unite to ward off efforts to suppress any other faiths other than the Sunni and the Wahabbis. Meanwhile, as we all know officials all the way to the minister of religious affairs, to the President are remaining silent. What hope do minority groups in Indonesia have when the government is ignoring them?

  • blightyboy

    Appeal of Conscience Foundation take note. In Indonesia its leader and his government says that the persecution of Ahmadiyah and all minority religions, and in some cases the murder of its members, is just part of Democracy.

  • Catweazle

    You look to the Law to protect you… But are then told, don’t take this to court, you should reach an agreement that suits only the perpetrators of the crime or else you’ll suffer more in the long run. This sort of veiled threat portrays the true colours of those in authority who are supposed to ‘serve and protect’ with impartiality.

    An absolute disgrace.

  • Wonderer

    Does AFC even do basic web searches before awarding their awards…?

  • Tatanka

    They celebrated their so called success by eating large chunks of steak.The beef was the courtesy of PKS pious officials who don Islamic garbs while robbing meat from the commoners.

  • http://twitter.com/joestargazer Yosef Riadi

    Irony becomes us with SBY getting the World Statesman Award from The Appeal of Conscience.

  • Herry Susanto

    It is an unfair solution.

  • KT Shamim

    Is this justice? This is not justice. This is injustice.