Indonesian police say detain sect leader

Jakarta, Indonesia - Indonesian police have detained the well-known leader of a tiny sect who distributed leaflets to senior officials urging the abolition of all religions including Islam, a police official said on Monday.

Syamsuriati, better known by the name Lia Eden, is the leader of a sect called Kingdom of Eden which practices in Indonesia, an officially secular country with the world's largest Muslim population as well as significant Christian, Hindu and Buddhist minorities.

National police spokesman Abubakar Nataprawira said Eden had made more than a 1,000 brochures which she sent to the president, ministers, police officials and the media.

He said that in the brochures she stated she was God and must be obeyed and that all other religions must be abolished.

Nataprawira said Eden would be charged with spreading hostility and blasphemy and could face up to five years in prison. Police said one other sect member was detained with her.

Eden has claimed she was the Archangel Gabriel and that her son was Jesus Christ. She was sentenced and jailed in December 2006 for blasphemy and released in October 2007.

Her sect, which is thought to have only a few followers, combines customs associated with different religions.