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Man threatens Paspampres who prevented him entering palace

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, November 14, 2017 | 09:31 pm
Man threatens Paspampres who prevented him entering palace In this file photo, members of Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) escort an official at a security simulation prior to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit that would take place in Jakarta on March 6 and 7 last year. (Antara /Sigid Kurniawan)

A man threatened to stab members of the Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) after being refused admission to meet with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Monday.

The incident occurred at around 6 p.m. on Monday during heavy rains when the man, identified as Basufi Parsiwan, tried to enter the Presidential Palace compound through a security gate on Jl. Veteran. He was stopped by Paspampres personnel, said Paspampres assistant intelligence officer Lt. Col. Urip Prihatman.

"He requested to meet with President Jokowi but was blocked as it was not in line with procedures," Urip said on Monday as quoted by Kompas.com.

Basufi insisted and threatened the personnel with a screwdriver, but he was immobilized without the use of firearms.

"He was aiming a 25-centimeter long screwdriver at security personnel," Urip said.

The 39-year-old man also shouted that he was a member of the so-called Islamic State movement. But it appears the man was suffering from a mental illness, according to a Paspampres investigation, said Urip.

During questioning, Basufi told the Paspampres that he was divorced and missed his child who lived in Banyumas, Central Java.

Basufi left Banyumas to work in Jakarta as an iced beverage vendor. He lives in a relative's house in Tangerang, Banten.

The security detail handed over Basufi to Gambir Police in Central Jakarta later on Monday evening. (ipa)

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