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Mentally ill man breaches Presidential Palace, yelling 'I'm ISIS'

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Jakarta | Tue, November 14, 2017 | 06:30 pm
Mentally ill man breaches Presidential Palace, yelling 'I'm ISIS' Workers paint the facade of the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta, Aug. 10. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

A man, identified as Basufi Tarsiwan, 39, has been arrested by Gambir Police in Central Jakarta for breaching the Presidential Palace. He also claimed to be an Islamic State sympathizer.

The man, who originated from Banyumas, Central Java, was suffering from a mental illness, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said.

Based on evidence from his brother, it was revealed that Basufi had been treated at the Banyumas Psychiatric Hospital for three months last year.

Basufi tried to enter the palace on Monday at 6:30 p.m. to meet President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo without following the proper procedure. "He entered the palace through Gate 2," Argo said, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

The Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) tried to question him but he refused and instead yelled, "I am ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria]."

Argo said Basufi had been detained at the Gambir Police station. (yon)

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