Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Indonesia: Leader of Islamist extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir declares he wants Sharia law


The province began implementing Sharia law after being granted autonomy in 2001 as the national government in Jakarta tried to quell a long-running separatist insurgency.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: Daily Mail UK/Australia
By Stephen Johnson | July 4, 2017

An Islamist extremist group has declared it wants to enforce Sharia law right across Indonesia, Australia's nearest major Asian neighbour.

Hizb ut-Tahrir's Indonesian spokesman Ismail Yusanto told an Australian camera crew it would fight for a national Islamic legal system where people are caned 100 times for having sex outside of marriage.

'This our duty. Not our ambition. It is our duty. Religious duty,' he told the ABC's Four Corners program.

Asked if Hizb ut-Tahrir would succeed, he said: 'We hope and we will try.'

Adulterers have been increasingly caned since 2004 in the Aceh province where Sharia law is practised under an Islamic criminal code which secular Muslims reject.

The province began implementing Sharia law after being granted autonomy in 2001 as the national government in Jakarta tried to quell a long-running separatist insurgency.

Sharia law police patrol the province to ensure women are dressed modestly and unmarried couples aren't sitting too closely together.

In February, a woman collapsed in pain as she was publicly caned, with a man collapsing on stage two weeks later as he was whipped for having sex outside of marriage.

A woman was given 100 lashes in March for the same offence under Sharia law.


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