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Cablegate: Central Sulawesi: On the Run Since 2005, Sect Leader Is

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SUBJECT: CENTRAL SULAWESI: ON THE RUN SINCE 2005, SECT LEADER IS
KILLED DURING ARREST


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1. (SBU) Summary: Arifin, (aka Madi), the fugitive leader of a
so-called heretical Islamic sect, was killed while resisting
arrest according to press reports and Congen Surabaya sources.
After three years on the run, police received information that
Madi had returned to his home village of Salena near Palu,
Central Sulawesi. While the shooting took place in a region
long prone to violence, the province remains otherwise calm. No
one has suggested links between this incident and any recurrence
of the inter-religious conflict that has plagued Central
Sulawesi over the course of the past decade. End Summary.

2. (SBU) Yoseph, Adjunct Police Commissioner and Secretary to
Central Sulawesi Police Chief, Brigadier General Badrotin Haiti,
told Congen Surabaya April 7 that General Haiti had instructed
10 members of the counterterror unit Detachment 88 to capture
Madi on Saturday April 5, 2008. Officers decided to move in
based on a tip that Madi had returned and was hiding out in his
home village. Madi was shot while resisting arrest, said Yoseph.

3. (SBU) Darlis Muhammad, a Palu-based journalist for Tempo
magazine, told Congen Surabaya on April 7 that members of
Detachment 88 shot Madi dead after a chase in the hills near
Salena village. According to the Surya Daily newspaper, three
police bullets hit Madi, one each in the shoulder, chest and
leg, respectively. Madi's family told Darlis that Madi was
escaping his village home when officers of Detachment 88 chased
him into the hills and reportedly shot him dead because Madi had
threatened to use a machete. Madi's family and fellow villagers
speculated to Darlis that Madi was shot in revenge for the 2005
killing of three policemen. Police are questioning three people,
including two of Madi's followers arrested in Saturday's raid.

Prelude to a Clash--Heresy and the Village Behind the Man
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4. (SBU) Salena is a poor isolated village within the city
limits of Palu but roughly 20 minutes by car from the Palu City
center. Electricity only arrived in the village after the
provincial government started efforts to improve the lot of
villagers in the wake of the 2005 violence. On October 25,
2005, when Madi was reportedly conducting a traditional ritual
gathering in the village, policemen descended and tried to
arrest him. They had reportedly received complaints from
observant Muslims about pressure by the sect to reject
fundamental tenets of Islam. Madi and his followers fought the
arrests, stabbing three policemen to death. Madi had been on
the run ever since.

5. (SBU) The approximately 90 families who follow the 32-year
old Madi consider themselves to be Muslims, but reject prayer
and fasting, believing instead in the native and non-Islamic
power of "adat" or tradition. This caused the Indonesian Muslim
Council and Central Sulawesi Religious Department to formally
declare Madi's teachings heresy. His followers prohibited
others from praying or fasting and this caused some to report
Madi to the police. The police went to the village in early
October 2005 reportedly to attempt mediation, but Madi refused
to go quietly to the police station, setting the stage for the
clash to come, according to Congen Surabaya NGO contacts in Palu.

6. (SBU) On October 25, 2005, police again went to Salena to
forcibly take Madi into custody. Madi refused and his followers
attacked the police using knives and machetes. Three officers
were stabbed to death and three others were taken hostage as
Madi and his followers fled into the hills nearby. On October
26, 2005, police found the three hostages, alive but badly
injured. Meanwhile, Madi's followers continued to surrender. At
the time, some 230 villagers, (some of whom were Madi followers)
were questioned by Central Sulawesi Police. In 2006, Palu
District Court requested the death penalty for five followers of
the Madi sect Madi himself (aka Arifin), Bambang, Nanga,
Hasanuddin, and Olimin) all on charges of murder. All five were
later convicted of killing the police officers and each
sentenced to 9-12 years in prison.

MCCLELLAND

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