House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Fadli Zon, center, meeting with Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab, left, on Jan. 11. Fadli said Saturday's planned protest rally will be permitted as it has no political objective. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)

Lawmakers Promise to Follow Up on Reports Filed Against FPI's Rizieq Shihab


JANUARY 12, 2017

Jakarta. Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, leader Rizieq Shihab complained on Wednesday (11/01) to the House of Representatives deputy speakers about reports filed against him.

The speakers, Fahri Hamzah and Fadli Zon, promised to follow up on the reports through the National Police or a legal affairs commission of the House.

"House Commission III [which oversees legal affairs] has a supervisory committee," Fadli said, adding that to follow up on the case is the committee's right that derives from the supervisory function of the House.

The FPI leader is facing accusations of plotting, defamation, blasphemy and hate speech.

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

Rizieq said he is not afraid of any legal process against him, as he had only expressed "general worries." He added that he hopes the House will follow up on his complaints "in the name of law enforcement."

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