Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. M. Iriawan has said mass mobilization in support of Rizieq Shihab, the leader of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, and a suspect in a pornography case, may take place when he returns to Indonesia. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

FPI's Rizieq to Face Fresh Charges: W. Java Police


JANUARY 25, 2017

Jakarta. Firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab of the Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, will face further charges after two new reports were filed recently, a police official said on Wednesday (25/01).

Rizieq allegedly mocked Sundanese culture by making a pun on the word sampurasun – Sundanese for hello – and campur racun (mixed with poison).

"Members of the Sundanese community, including the student executive board and indigenous community organizations, visited the West Java Police today to file an official report on the campur racun pun," West Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Anton Charliyan told the media in Jakarta.

The report states that Rizieq made fun of the word during his speech in Purwakarta, West Java, in November while discussing Purwakarta district head Dedi Mulyadi.

"It is hurtful to Sundanese people. So, when you [Rizieq] are visiting again, I advise you not to hurt the people's pride a second time," Anton said.

The other report filed with police is related to a land dispute.

"Rizieq is facing numerous cases. [It was reported] last week that [he] allegedly trespassed on and claimed ownership of state land. We are still investigating these allegations," the police general said.

State-owned forestry firm Perhutani owns the disputed land near Rizieq's home in Megamendung, Bogor, West Java.

Rizieq is currently facing several police reports, ranging from blasphemy and hate speech, to defamation.

He reportedly defamed Indonesia's first president, Sukarno, and mocked a decision by the country's secular and religious leaders to drop the so-called Jakarta Charter, which before independence sought to include in the Pancasila state ideology the obligation for Muslims to follow Islamic law.

Rizieq's remarks prompted Sukarno's daughter, Sukmawati Sukarnoputri, to report him to police. The case is still under investigation.

He was also recently reported to the Jakarta Police for a speech that went viral on social media, in which he allegedly said the new rupiah banknotes featured a hammer-and-sickle symbol that resembles the logo of the long-disbanded and prohibited Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).

Several watchdog organizations and experts have called on the National Police to fast-track the investigations against him.