While the attackers at the Sunnah boarding school should face prosecution: VP
Certainly, we must realize the importance of tolerance and to live in harmony, side by side, so that there is no more conflict.
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin urged law enforcement to legally treat 300 unidentified people, who attacked the As Sunnah Islamic boarding school in Bagek Nyaka, East Lombok district, West Nusa Tenggara ( NTB).
“If there is an incident, like this one in Lombok, I ask that a legal process be followed according to the regulations in force in Indonesia. Whatever the offenders, they must be dealt with,” Amin said on Wednesday. .
The Vice-President underlined the importance of tolerance and harmony between interfaith communities.
“Surely, we must realize the importance of tolerance and to live in harmony, side by side, so that there is no more conflict,” he said.
The boarding school was attacked in the wee hours of Sunday January 2 by some 300 unknown people, who damaged and set fire to several vehicles and a mosque under construction in the boarding school complex.
The spokesperson for West Nusa Tenggara Chief Police Commissioner Artanto noted that police had interviewed 17 people as witnesses to the incident.
“The witnesses interviewed are those who were at the scene of the crime when the incident occurred,” he noted.
Police also investigated a statement from Ustadz Mizan Qudsiah, a teacher at the boarding school, which allegedly triggered the attack.
In a short video, Qudsiah is said to have discredited the sacred tombs that exist on the island of Lombok.
Police will check whether the statement qualifies as hate speech.
The boarding school is currently guarded by security guards.
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