The West Java Police are close to declaring Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab a suspect for allegedly insulting the state ideology of Pancasila. (Reuters Photo/Iqro Rinaldi)

PKB Secretary General Denies Knowledge of Rizieq Charges


DECEMBER 28, 2016

Jakarta. National Awakening Party, or PKB, secretary general Abdul Kadir Karding said he was not aware of reports made to police against high profile Islamic Defender's Front, or FPI, leader Rizieq Shibab.

Rizieq is facing two reports on alleged religious blasphemy and hate speech, submitted by the Indonesian Catholic Students Association (PMKRI) steering committee and the Student Peace Institute.

“In principle, everyone has the right to report [accusations to the police] as this is a nation of law,” Karding said in Jakarta on Tuesday (27/12).

He noted the current climate is tense, with any jokes or gaffes made about religion potentially leading to blasphemy allegations and charges.

“Nevertheless, if they have sufficient data, it is their right. I personally think that we should not be too tense, like the current situation. Everything is reported to the police, I think it is not good,” Karding said.

“The most important thing is not to be vengeful."

PMKRI reported Rizieq to police on Monday for blasphemy, followed by the Student Peace Institute who on Tuesday complained of hate speech.

Previously, Rizieq had banned Muslims from making Christmas greetings and said God had not bore children, which allegedly targets Christian believers.