The Jakarta Police will summon two witnesses for questioning in the pornography investigation against Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab on Tuesday (16/05). (Antara Photo/Puspa Perwitasari)

Rizieq to Comply With Police Summons for Alleged Defamation of Sukarno


JANUARY 12, 2017

Jakarta. Firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab of the Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, said he would fulfill the second summons issued by the West Java Police on Thursday (12/01).

The FPI's official Instagram account posted a statement that said Rizieq would voluntarily attend questioning at the Bandung Police headquarters, adding that thousands of Muslims would monitor the case.

He was reported to police by Sukmawati Sukarnoputri after allegedly defaming her father and Indonesia's first president, Sukarno.

On Sunday, Rizieq was reported to the Jakarta Police and charged with violating the Information and Electronics Transactions (ITE) Law in a speech, which went viral on social media. In the speech, he allegedly claimed that the new Indonesian banknotes feature hammer-and-sickle symbols, denoting the long-disbanded Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).

The police criminal investigation unit is processing another report against the FPI figure filed by the Indonesian Catholic Students Association (PMKRI), for alleged blasphemy in a speech about Christmas. The interreligious youth organization Rumah Pelita also reported him for hate speech.

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