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FPI heavyweight Munarman arrested over terrorism allegations

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Munarman, a spokesman for the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), gestures as he enters a police office to be questioned as a suspect in a defamation case in February 2017. On Tuesday, Munarman was taken in again for questioning for alleged involvement in terrorist activity.(Antara/Adiutama )
Ardila Syakriah
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Jakarta   ●   Thu, April 29, 2021

Densus 88, the National Police’s counterterrorism squad, has arrested the former secretary-general of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), Munarman, the latest in a chain of events that has seen the hardline group further dismantled and which observers fear might eventually backfire.

Munarman, whom the police identified only by his initial, was arrested at his house in a luxury residential area of South Tangerang, Banten, on Tuesday and was brought in to the Jakarta Police headquarters for questioning.

“The arrest was related to allegations of M’s involvement in terror acts that took place recently,” Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Ahmad Ramadhan said during a press briefing on Wednesday.

Ahmad did not specify the acts of terror in question, but during an earlier interview with KompasTV, he mentioned Munarman’s involvement in ...

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