The Jakarta Post
The leader of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), Rizieq Shihab skipped his first questioning session in his capacity as a suspect in a defamation case at the West Java Police headquarters in Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday, citing fatigue.
The questioning was related to allegations that he defamed founding father Sukarno and the state ideology Pancasila. Sukarno’s daughter, Sukmawati Soekarnoputri, reported Rizieq to the police for his speech taped in a video, in which Rizieq said in Sukarno’s version of the Pancasila, the principle “Faith in God”, was put at the bottom. Rizieq used the word “ass” and was named a suspect.
West Java Police spokesperson Yusri Yunus said Tuesday afternoon that Rizieq’s lawyers had yet to give any information about Rizieq’s whereabouts. “We haven’t received any news from them,” he said.a
He said his office would issue a second summons if the suspect failed to show up by Tuesday evening.
West Java FPI lawyer Kiagus Muhammad Choiri said his client was “fatigued” and not fit for questioning. “Fatigued although not hospitalized,” said Choiri.
He said he was waiting for information from the doctor regarding Rizieq’s health condition before informing the police about his client’s failure to show up Tuesday. (evi)
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