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Rizieq now on police's wanted list

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 31, 2017   /   04:50 pm
Rizieq now on police's wanted list Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab (center) walks into the courtroom of the North Jakarta District Court on Feb. 28 to testify against Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama in a blasphemy case. (Republika/POOL/Raisan Al Farisi/ via JP)

The Jakarta Police have officially put the name of Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader and firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab on their wanted list.

Rizieq is currently being hunted by the police after he was named a suspect in a pornography case after a steamy WhatsApp chat, allegedly with Firza Husein, who has also been named a suspect.

"The development of Rizieq's case is that the police have issued a wanted list with his name," said the police's spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday.

He further explained that the measure was taken after the police delivered a letter of arrest to Rizieq's house and coordinated with the Immigration Office regarding the suspect's current whereabouts, he is reportedly in Saudi Arabia.

"Apparently, on May 26, he was still abroad and has yet to return to Indonesia," said Argo. "Based on that, the investigators have added him to the wanted list."

Rizieq was named a suspect without having undergone police questioning under his previous capacity as a witness as he failed to answer police summonses twice in April and May. (agn)