Mako Brimob riot: Ahok safe in detention facility, sister says
Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
The Jakarta Post
Former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who is serving a two-year sentence for blasphemy, is safe amid the riot that broke out on Tuesday evening at the Mobile Brigade Command (Mako Brimob) headquarters in Depok, West Java, his sister has said.
“He’s safe in God’s protection,” Fifi Lety Indra, Ahok’s younger sister and lawyer, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
Fifi, who is currently in Bangka Belitung, has said her mother would visit Ahok at the prison on Wednesday.
“We believe that he will be safe. We are praying for his safety,” Fifi said, citing bible verse Psalm 91.
Ahok has been detained at Brimob’s Depok headquarters since May last year.
The detention center at Brimob's Depok headquarters also holds a number of terrorist convicts.
The detention center is under lockdown following a riot reportedly involving terrorist convicts on Tuesday evening.
The National Police have announced that several police officers were injured during the riot but no fatalities have been reported.
National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. M. Iqbal said at a press conference early Wednesday morning that the police were still handling the riot between officers and detainees at the Brimob headquarters.
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