TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Prabowo - Sandiaga Uno National Campaigning Agency (BPN) spokesman, Andre Rosiade said the rumor of Rizieq Shihab’s arrest by Saudi Arabian police in Mecca was an attempt to slander.
“Someone intentionally wanted to destroy Habib Rizieq ahead of the 2019 presidential election, this is a very vile slander,” Andre said in a written statement received by Tempo, Wednesday, November 14.
The Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia Osama bin Mohammed Abdullah Al Shuaibi, said Andre, had stated that the black flag bearing the Tawheed words at Rizieq’s residence was not a problem.
“Obviously, this is an intention of certain parties to defile Habib Rizieq’s name because he was arrested by the Saudi Arabian police,” Andre said.
Andre asked the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give an explanation of the incident experienced by Rizieq. “It must be immediately explained, why did it happen like this?” he said.
The Prabowo`s Campaign Team regretted that the party clarified that Rizieq Shihab was not involved in the legal activity and did not violate the law, was the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Indonesia. “Not our ambassador in Saudi,” he said.
RYAN DWIKY ANGGRIAWAN