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Military Personnel Dismissed for Training FPI Members
Members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) were gathering on Jalan M.R. Harsono for the trial on an alleged religious blasphemy case involving non-active Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama on January 3, 2017. Tempo/Ammy Hetharia
Monday, 09 January, 2017 | 08:20 WIB
Military Personnel Dismissed for Training FPI Members

TEMPO.CO, Bandung - West Java Military Region (Kodam Siliwangi III) commander Major General Muhammad Herindra has removed Lieutenant Colonel Ubaidillah from his post as Lebak Military District (Kodim 06/03) commander for training the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) members without following proper procedures.

“The person in question has been removed from office and will soon be replaced by a new official,” Siliwangi Military Area III spokesman Col. Arh M. Desy Arianto said in a written statement received by Tempo yesterday, January 8, 2017.

Lebak Military District Command trained 120 FPI members at an Islamic boarding school on January 5-6 in Lebak, Banten. Before the dismissal, Arianto had said that the training was not exclusively participated by the FPI.

He had also dismissed rumors that it was a military training. “Only an outbound [training],” Arianto said. According to him, the event was held to instill discipline through basic drills, outbound training and education on national vision and the 1945 Constitution.

Arianto later revealed that the military commander had failed to follow proper procedures as he would have needed prior consent from the hierarchical structure of the military.

IQBAL T. LAZUARDI



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