Moderate Muslim Nation of Indonesia arrests 3 from banned minority sect on charges of blasphemy & treason

Indonesian police have arrested three former members of a minority religious sect on charges of blasphemy and treason.

They were from a group called the Light of Nusantara Movement, or Gerakan Fajar Nusantara (Gafatar), which was thrust into the limelight early this year after dozens of people who had been reported missing by their families were discovered to have left their homes to join it.

The sect was disbanded last August and declared as “heretical” in February by the country’s top Islamic body, Indonesian Ulema Council. Clerics said the group deviated from mainstream Islam as it attempted to combine Islamic, Christian and Jewish beliefs.

Indonesia - Gafatar sect village burned to ground by Muslim mob in January 2016

Indonesia – Gafatar sect village burned to ground by Muslim mob in January 2016