Rizieq Shihab, center, is on the run from the police after pornography charges. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

Police Continue Probe Into Pornography Case Involving FPI Leader Rizieq


FEBRUARY 03, 2017

Jakarta. Police investigators have questioned six witnesses in a pornography case involving Firza Husein, a woman who has been charged with plotting against the state after the anti-Ahok "212" protest in December, and the leader of hardline Muslim group Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, Rizieq Shihab.

Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono said they will interrogate Firza and Rizieq, as well as find the person or persons responsible for creating a website containing compromising photos and videos of the two.

"[Firza] is [currently] a witness. This is now a formal investigation, and we will nail down the suspects soon," Argo said in Jakarta on Friday (03/02).

Investigators, according to Argo, are still examining the content on the website baladacintarizieq.com to find out if any of it had been doctored.

"We will charge the creator of this website with violations of article four of the Law No. 44/2008 on pornography and also for violating the ITE Law [Indonesia's internet law] by spreading the content on the site," Argo said.

Argo did not confirm whether the two mobile phone numbers listed on the site actually belong to Firza and Rizieq.

The website had uploaded screenshots of a WhatsApp chat, supposedly between Firza and Rizieq, that had included naked photos of a woman claimed to be Firza.

Earlier, a group of students calling themselves the Alliance of Anti-Pornography Students had reported the website to the police.

Both Rizieq and Firza have called the website a hoax and denied that they were actually the people depicted in the WhatsApp chat.