FPI Apologizes for Fatal Raid, Web Site Hacked

The chief of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), Habib Rizieq Syihab, is seen giving a speech on top of a car during a rally in support of the Rohingya people in front of the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta in this May 3, 2013 file photo. (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)

The chief of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), Habib Rizieq Syihab, is seen giving a speech on top of a car during a rally in support of the Rohingya people in front of the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta in this May 3, 2013 file photo. (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)

The hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) issued a public apology on Wednesday to the family of a woman who died during a raid in East Java, and said it had banned its members from sweeping entertainment establishments.

“FPI remorsefully apologizes to the victims. May the deceased be accepted by Allah, and the injured be blessed with a speedy recovery,” the organization’s chairman, Riziek Shihab, said in a statement, as quoted by Detik.com.

On Thursday, around 50 FPI supporters attempted to raid several “entertainment” establishments in Sukorejo, Central Java. The men damaged several businesses before local residents turned on the hard-liners, forcing the FPI to beat a retreat.

As FPI members attempted to flee the scene, one vehicle ran down a couple on a motorbike, killing a woman and injuring her husband.

After the incident, Central Java police named seven suspects, three of whom were FPI members, the other four local residents.

Riziek said the FPI would compensate the family.

“The FPI is prepared to give a scholarship to the victim’s son until he has finished university,” Riziek said. “We will give Rp 500,000 [$50] each month.”

Riziek said FPI would withdraw any of its members who engaged in acts of violence.

“FPI members are strictly prohibited from committing sweeping and destruction of public property… let alone causing death,” he said.

National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said police were not authorized to disband the FPI, but Timur confirmed that the organization had broken the law.

“Clearly there was was a legal violation there,” he told the Jakarta Globe.

Following widespread coverage of the fatal raid, an unknown hacker sabotaged the FPI’s Web site on Wednesday, replacing information on the organization with banners for JKT48, a 51-strong girl-group, whose debut record “Heavy Rotation” was released earlier this year.

The band’s promoter describes JKT48 as “a unique idol group with Indonesian culture,” a view, observers say, the FPI is unlikely to share. Jakarta Globe

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