Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono confirmed that investigators are still questioning A.L. to determine if he was involved in the incident. (Antara Photo)

Police Are Detaining Firza Husein for Alleged Plot Against Gov't: Lawyer


JANUARY 31, 2017

Jakarta. Police investigators have reportedly detained Firza Husein, who was named a suspect in an alleged plot against the government.

Firza's lawyer Aldwin Rahardian confirmed the report on Tuesday (31/01) but declined to say when his client was taken into custody or how she is involved in the case.

However, when asked for comment, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said he had no knowledge of the arrest.

"I am still confirming it with the relevant investigators," Argo said.

Firza is implicated in an alleged anti-government plot in December last year, along with Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab. Firza is accused of having channeled funds to certain groups to stage a rally, which was to serve as a springboard to topple the government.

She was arrested moments before the start of the Dec. 2 rally, which took place in the streets of Central Jakarta. She was later released.

A group calling itself the Alliance of Antipornography Students meanwhile also made a report to police about a series of photographs and videos featuring alleged intimate exchanges between Rizieq and Firza.

The group demanded that police investigate whether the photos and videos were real or fake, and whether the WhatsApp chat between Rizieq and Firza actually happened.

Firza was also reported to police by Hutomo Mandala Putra, the youngest son of former President Suharto. He alleged that she claimed to be the manager of Suharto's family foundation without their consent. She allegedly often introduced herself as chairwoman of the foundation, known as Solidaritas Sahabat Cendana (SSC).