Not Easy to Ban Organizations Such as HTI Under Existing Law: Wiranto


MAY 18, 2017

Jakarta. Chief Security Minister Wiranto said on Thursday (18/05) the government is taking proper legal steps to disband the Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, but complained that they are going to be "long and complicated."

Wiranto declined to reveal whether the government will issue a new regulation to speed up the process.

"The legal process is too difficult, complicated and long," he said, referring to the 2013 Law on Mass Organizations, which is the basis for the government's action.

Wiranto, citing the law, said it might take at least four years to ban a mass group, as three warnings must be issued first to bring an organization to a court trial. The planned dissolution can also be challenged by higher courts.

Wiranto called on members of the public to remain calm during the process.

"There's no need to ignite controversies surrounding it," he said.

The government has earlier announced it is ready to bring HTI to trial, as it has collected strong evidence against the group.

Last week, Wiranto cited police reports that HTI has drawn mounting opposition from mass organizations across the country, leading to security concerns.

HTI is the Indonesian chapter of Hizbut Tahrir, a non-violent international organization that seeks to establish a pan-Islamic state comprising of all Muslim countries, by removing their current governments.

Hizbut Tahrir has been banned in several countries. In Indonesia, it has been present since the 1980s.