Black Flag Case, PA 212: Scenario to Slander Rizieq Shihab

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  • Indian ulema Zakir Naik and FPI leader Rizieq Shihab in Saudi Arabia. Credit: Rizieq Shihab`s Lawyer Sugito

    Indian ulema Zakir Naik and FPI leader Rizieq Shihab in Saudi Arabia. Credit: Rizieq Shihab`s Lawyer Sugito

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The chairman of the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA), Slamet Maarif, said there was a big scenario behind the installment of a black flag at the house of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader, Rizieq Shihab, in Saudi Arabia.

    “There is a big scenario to slander him,” Slamet said at the Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Law and Security office in Jakarta on Friday, November 9. 

    Slamet said there were a number of irregularities relative to the disappearance of the CCTV in front of Rizieq’s house. Then, the flag installed on the wall of the house bore the ISIS logo. “But strangely, the flag that went viral in Indonesia is a black Tawheed flag,” he said. 

    He continud that other irregularities were those who took the picture of the flag and submitted it to the Indonesian Embassy in Saudi Arabia, then made it viral. “Habib Rizieq hasn’t examined it yet but the news is already viral,” he said. 

    Read: Govt: Rizieq Shihab Not Victim of Intelligence Operation 

    According to Slamet, Rizieq had reported the alleged slander to the Saudi Arabian Police. He added this was because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had been so kind to Rizieq, including providing protection and comfort to him. So, Slamet considered that the slander did not come from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

    Slamet was reluctant to name the party he suspected of being the slanderer. “It’s the right of the Saudi Arabia Police to investigate it. We’ll wait,” he said. 

    The arrest of Rizieq Shihab began when the Mecca Police came to his residence on November 5, at 8:00 a.m. local time. The police briefly searched Rizieq's residence following reports that a black flag with characteristics of an extremist movement had been installed on its wall. Later, the Saudi Arabian police released Rizieq Shihab. 

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