TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Islamic Defender Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab planned to return to Indonesia following the issuance of termination letter for the pornography case against him. It would be a one-year period of his hiding over the police probe should he arrived on June 2018.
“God willing, he will be back to Indonesia,” said Rizieq’s attorney Kapitra Ampera in a short message, on Sunday, June 17. Kapitra stated his client still stayed in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. “Wait for his announcement,” he added.
The police named Rizieq as the suspect for various cases such as religious blasphemy, humiliation for the state ideology and symbol, and pornography in early 2017 after he led the 212 demonstrations that succeeded to prison Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok.
Earlier, on February 2018, Rizieq Shihab reportedly had bought a flight ticket to Indonesia. However, the plan was halted since it sparked pros and contras reaction among the public.
Furthermore, National Police Deputy Chief Comr. Gen. Syafruddin asserted there was no political intention over the issuance of SP3 for Rizieq Shihab’s case. “All law enforcer, police investigators, prosecutors, or KPK are independent. There is no pretention,” he underlined.