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Police will not drop Rizieq pornography case

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, August 29, 2017 | 06:06 pm
Police will not drop Rizieq pornography case National Police Gen.Tito Karnavian (second from left) clasps hands with Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman Ma’ruf Amin (second from right), Islam Defenders Front (FPI) head Habib Rizieq Shihab (right) and noted ulema Abdullah Gymnastiar (left) after a press conference ahead of a mass rally in Jakarta on Nov.28 2016. (Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)

The Jakarta Police maintain that they will not drop the investigation into the pornography case involving leader of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) Rizieq Shihab.

Head of the Jakarta Police’s special crimes unit Sr. Comr. Ade Deriyan said the ongoing investigation had uncovered evidence of criminal activity.

"Police investigators have come to the conclusion that there has been a criminal offense," Ade said as quoted by tempo.co.

Ade added that investigators handling the case had already collected enough evidence to incriminate Rizieq.

"Investigators have completed all stages of the investigation and they believe that all evidence has been collected," Ade said.

Lawyers for Rizieq have called on the police to drop their probe into the firebrand cleric, saying that allegations against their client are based on doctored evidence.

Rizieq was named a suspect in the pornography case following the dissemination of sexually explicit WhatsApp chats allegedly between him and Firza Hussein, who has also been named a suspect in the case.

Earlier this month, police investigators questioned Rizieq in Saudi Arabia, where he has resided since May, shortly after being named a suspect in the case. (mtr)



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