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Police arrest leaders of a Caliphate rally in Indonesia

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Police in Indonesia have arrested the leaders of an Islamic extremist group and charged them with treason following a recent motorcycle rally calling for an Islamic caliphate.


Four senior leaders of the group Jamaah Khilafatul Muslimin were arrested on June 6 for their part in organizing the rally. Jamaah Khilafatul Muslimin is an offshoot of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), an extremist organization banned in 2017 for also calling for a caliphate. If found guilty, the suspects could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

More than forty motorcycles took part in the rally in Central Java province on May 29. Participants handed out leaflets that called for the end of a secular Indonesia and advocated for establishing a caliphate under Sharia law.

A similar rally was held on the same day in Jakarta when dozens of uniformed motorcyclists held signs that read “Welcome to the Awakening of the Islamic Caliphate.”


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