Posted by: becketfund | February 1, 2009

Indonesia: Head of Cult Held on Blasphemy Charges

JAKARTA – Indonesian police are holding Agus Imam Solihin, the head of the Satria Piningit Weteng Buwono sect, on charges of blasphemy after allegations that the group held rituals involving sex orgies and adultery, Reuters reported on February 1. Jakarta police spokesman Zulkarnain Adinegara said that a former sect member accused the leader of proclaiming himself God and holding the bizarre sex rituals. Authorities in Indonesia had been investigating the sect and police said Solihin faces five years in jail if found guilty of blasphemy. “If it is proved that Agus Solihin has proclaimed himself God and has restricted sect members from practicing Islam such as through praying it would be blasphemy,” Adenegara said. While Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country, its constitution protects freedom of religion and it has sizeable Christian, Hindu and Buddhist communities.

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