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Indonesia's top terrorist convict Abu Bakar Bashir released from prison

January 09, 2021 5:00 AM

Indonesia's top terrorist convict Abu Bakar Bashir, the spiritual leader of South-east Asia's terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), was released from prison early yesterday.

Indonesian agency freezes bank accounts related to outlawed hardline group FPI

January 07, 2021 3:45 PM

(THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Indonesia's anti-money laundering agency has temporarily frozen bank accounts belonging to the recently outlawed Islam Defenders Front (FPI) and its affiliated groups on suspicion of money laundering.

Malaysians blast federal agency, minister over halal meat scandal

January 03, 2021 5:00 AM

A federal Islamic agency is facing a public backlash over a scandal involving tainted meat and cakes sold in halal-certified shops.

President Joko says Indonesia operates on rule of law after controversial preacher's arrest

December 13, 2020 10:48 PM

JAKARTA - President Joko Widodo said on Sunday (Dec 13) that Indonesia operates on the rule of law that is enforced on everyone to protect the people and nation, a day after police arrested controversial Islamist preacher Rizieq Shihab.

Hardline Indonesian cleric Rizieq arrested over alleged lockdown breaches: Lawyer

December 12, 2020 9:02 PM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesian Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab was arrested in Jakarta on Saturday (Dec 12) on suspicion of having breached coronavirus restrictions by holding events that drew thousands of followers in the city, his lawyer said.

What We're Watching: France tackles extremism, China’s vaccine goes global, Qatar-Saudi thaw

France's anti-extremism law: On the 115th anniversary of France's famed laïcité laws that separate church and state, President Emmanuel Macron yesterday unveiled a controversial new bill meant to tackle religious extremism. While the bill doesn't single out Islam by name — that would be illegal under France's constitution — officials have made clear that its aim is to rein in Islamic extremism and organizations that support it. The proposed law comes as Macron is under tremendous pressure to respond to a recent spate of Islamic terror attacks in France, which has lost more of its people to terrorism than any other EU member state and seen thousands of its citizens join ISIS in recent years. The new law would scrutinize funding for religious institutions, restricts home-schooling, tightens rules on online hate speech, and even singles out punishment for doctors who issue "virginity certificates." It still needs to be approved in Parliament, where Macron (just barely) controls the lower house. Although close to 80 percent of French people believe that "Islam has declared war on France," debate over the law is expected to be fierce, with far-left and far-right groups saying it doesn't actually go far enough, while other critics say that the law needs to be part of broader efforts to better integrate French Muslims into society.

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Halal issue will not impede Malaysia's vaccine roll-out, says health chief, amid concerns among Muslims

December 09, 2020 6:30 PM

KUALA LUMPUR - The much-anticipated Covid-19 vaccine need not be halal in order to be administered in Malaysia, said Health Ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah, allaying concerns among local Muslims about the shots containing substances forbidden by Islam.

Indonesian police say they have evidence of vigilante group bodyguards carrying guns

December 09, 2020 5:11 PM

JAKARTA - Indonesian police have obtained hard evidence confirming that the bodyguards of Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab illegally possessed firearms, which police said were pointed at officers tailing their cars outside Jakarta on Monday (Dec 7).

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