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Jakarta Post

Police turn to Rizieq’s family to persuade him to return to Indonesia

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 24, 2017   /   11:14 am
Police turn to Rizieq’s family to persuade him to return to Indonesia Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab (center) walks with House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Fahri Hamzah (right) on a visit to the House complex in Senayan on Jan.11. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A.)

The Jakarta Police have asked the family of Islam Defenders Front (FPI) firebrand leader Rizieq Shihab to persuade him to return to Indonesia from Saudi Arabia to help in the investigation of a pornography case.

The police want to question Rizieq as a witness in a pornography case in which he and treason suspect Firza Husein allegedly engaged in a steamy WhatsApp conversation.

“We really hope [his family] will talk him into returning home,” Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said on Tuesday as reported by

Rizieq has ignored two police summonses for questioning in the case. The police claim he is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His lawyer said Rizieq and his family flew to Saudi Arabia on April 27 on the umrah (minor haj).

Rizieq previously claimed he had been framed in the case and that he would follow legal procedure once the police caught the perpetrator behind the alleged WhatsApp chat.