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Jakarta Post

Observers call for probe into killing by police of six FPI members

  • Rizki Fachriansyah, Budi Sutrisno and Nina A. Loasana


Jakarta   /   Wed, December 9 2020   /  01:00 am
Jakarta Police chief Insp., Gen. Fadil Imran (right) and Jakarta Military Commander Maj. Gen. Dudung show weapons as part of evidence in alleged attack on Jakarta Police in Jakarta Police headquarters on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Fadil said his men shot dead six members of Islam Defenders Front (FPI) who allegedly launched attack against the police in the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road in the early hours on Monday. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

Divergent accounts between the police and the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) over the deaths of six of the group’s members in a purported altercation in the early hours of Monday have sparked questions from observers, calling for transparency into the incident. The calls came following an alleged clash between members of the police and sympathizers of FPI leader Rizieq Shihab on a section of the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road, which resulted in the deaths of six men. Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Fadil Imran said his office had deployed six personnel at midnight to tail a vehicle thought to have belonged to Rizieq supporters, following a tip-off regarding a plan allegedly concocted by FPI members to disrupt the questioning of the controversial cleric by the police, scheduled to take place at the Jakarta Police headquarters at 10 a.m. Rizieq was summoned by the Jakarta Police regar...