JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) — Indonesia’s fugitive Islamic Defender Front (FPI) group leader, Muhammad Rizieq Shihab was detained by Saudi Arabian authority, for showing allegedly terrorism symbol. He was then released after more than 24 hours detainment.
Shihab was detained due to a citizen’s report, mentioning that he displayed black flag allegedly similar to IS flag in front of his house. Saudi Arabia firmly prohibited all jargon, label, attribute, and symbol of terrorism or extremism group. Even social media contains terrorism or extremism is also a violation of law there.
Saudi Arabian security officers brought Shihab from his house, on Nov. 5, at 4 a.m. local time. After followed intelligence examination, he was then detained by Mecca police.
Shihab’s detainment information was heard by Indonesian Foreign Ministry. To clarify, Indonesia Consulate in Jeddah ordered task force diplomats to investigate to Mecca.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi also ordered Indonesian consulate to give assistance, something that authority always do when Indonesian meets legal problem abroad. By Indonesia’s assistance, Shihab was released from Mecca police on Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. local time.
“Indonesia will always intensively communicate with Saudi counterparts, about what alleged to Shihab,” said Indonesian Ambassador for Saudi Arabia, Agus Maftuh Abegebriel, in official statement released today (07/11).
He expected that Shihab is only facing immigration problem, considering his visa has been expired since June 20th. Because issue bigger than—such as terrorism—is handled by Presidency of State Security, a super body institution under King Salman.
Shihab escaped to Saudi Arabia after he was assigned as suspect over pornography chat case and snared by Pornography Law, in May 2017. But he denied the accusation and called it slander.
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