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Jakarta Post

Island focus: Saudi authorities grill Rizieq over flag

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 8 2018   /  01:15 am

Security agencies in Saudi Arabia have questioned Rizieq Shihab, a firebrand cleric who has been in self-exile in the country, over reports about the installation of an Islamist flag at his house in Mecca, the Foreign Ministry has said.

Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Agus Maftuh Abegebriel said he received a report on the detention of the cleric on Monday.

“Our staff were eventually informed that Mecca Police went to Rizieq’s house on Monday morning to investigate the allegation of the installation of a black flag that resembles the flag of Islamist extremist groups on the rear side of his house,” Agus said in a statement on Wednesday.

Later that afternoon, Mecca Police and Saudi Arabia’s General Investigation Directorate personnel took Rizieq for questioning to a nearby police station, where he was eventually detained.

Indonesia’s representat...