Intelligence Expert Questions German Embassy Staff's Visit to FPI HQ
21 December 2020 12:25 WIB
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Intelligence expert, Ridlwan Habib, on Monday said that the foreign diplomat that allegedly involves themselves in espionage against Indonesia can be forcefully expelled.
“The acts of a German diplomat paying a visit to the FPI headquarters is as light as day,” said the Indonesia Intelligence Institute Director to Antaranews on Monday, December 21.
The German Embassy in Jakarta on December 18 admitted that a diplomatic staff had visited the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) headquarters in Petamburan. According to the embassy, the diplomat was motivated by ‘personal initiatives’ and was not under official orders from the German government.
Moreover, Ridlwan maintains that the diplomat’s ‘under the radar’ activity is highly suspicious especially considering the legal case involving FPI members. “The acts shown are really suspicious which is allegedly more of an espionage. The diplomat is acting really strange,” he said.
Ridlwan said this fits the ‘cover’ often used in intelligence operations in other countries of working under a diplomat status and believes that the embassy’s response could be enough evidence for the foreign Indonesian affairs ministry to request for the identity of the diplomat and ask the person to be “sent back to Germany.”
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