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Jakarta Post

Police to pick up FPI Jakarta leader

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 15, 2017   /   12:18 pm
Police to pick up FPI Jakarta leader Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab (left) speaks to reporters before facing police questioning at the Jakarta Police headquarters on Feb. 1, 2017 for alleged treason. The police also arrested a woman who allegedly had intimate conversations with Rizieq, and later raided her house in East Jakarta. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

The Jakarta Police plan to issue a warrant to pick up Muchsin Alatas, head of the Islamic Defender Front’s (FPI) Jakarta branch, in relation to a pornographic conversation that allegedly involved the group’s leader, Rizieq Shihab.

A warrant for Muchsin would be issued along with a similar warrant against Rizieq, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said on Monday.

He added that Rizieq had allegedly told Muchsin to throw his smartphone away.

“We have called him twice for questioning but he never showed up,” Argo said as quoted by

Previously the Jakarta Police has announced that they would detain the firebrand leader as soon as he returned to the country after Rizieq failed to show up twice for questioning as a witness in a pornography case.

Rizieq’s lawyer, Kapitra Ampera, said on April 27 that Rizieq went on a minor haj, or umrah, with his family. He has not returned to Indonesia since. (idb/wit)