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)
Mass Mobilization Won't Change Rizieq's Status: Jakarta Police
BY :BAYU MARHAENJATI
JUNE 06, 2017
Jakarta. 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.
Iriawan said in Jakarta on Tuesday (06/06) that the mass support will not affect the legal proceedings against Rizieq.
"No matter how big the masses, they'll have no influence [on the case]," he added.
According to a statement issued by Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono on May 31, information from the Immigration Office revealed that Rizieq left the country with his family for Mecca on April 26, and is till thought to be in Saudi Arabia.
Police are waiting for him return to Indonesia for investigation.
"We are still waiting for him. I think he is a good citizen, and he will come back," Iriawan said.
He added that the Jakarta Police have held a security meeting in case of mass mobilization at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, after Rizieq's lawyers claimed crowds will besiege it upon his arrival.
Rizieq, who has spent years preaching conservative Islamic values, is accused of violating Indonesia's strict anti-pornography laws by exchanging graphic messages and nude pictures with Firza Husein.
Police also named Firza a suspect in early May, and have prevented her from travelling abroad for the next six months.
Under Indonesia's anti-pornography law and its Electronic Information and Transaction (ITE) law, both Firza and Rizieq can face at least five years in prison, if convicted.