Indonesian Islamist Delivers Rant in Co…

A suspended Islamic Defenders Front leader on trial for inciting attacks against a Christian group in a city near Jakarta delivered a fire-breathing rant in court Monday, continuing to issue threats against Christian church leaders. Murhali Barda, a former chapter leader of the hard-line group, also known by its Indonesian language initials as the FPI, warned the Batak Christian Protestant Church (HKBP) against holding prayers in Bekasi, a predominantly Muslim district in West Java. He was suspended from the Islamic organization after his arrest in September.

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