Ambassador to Singapore Reacts to Issue on Deportation of Abdul Somad

17 May 2022 12:26 WIB

Cleric Abdul Somad / Ustad Abdul Somad. Instagram/@ustadzabdulsomad_official

TEMPO.CO, JakartaIndonesian Ambassador to Singapore Suryopratomo denied issues that preacher Abdul Somad or known as Ustadz Abdul Somad (UAS) was deported from Singapore. He explained that UAS did not get a permit to enter the neighboring country.

“He (UAS) was not deported but did not get a permit to enter Singapore so he was asked to return [to Indonesia],” said Suryopratomo via a text message to Tempo, Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Suryopratomo, however, stopped short of explaining in detail why the Islamic preacher did not obtain permission from Singapore. He said the one who could explain the reason is the Singapore government.

“The exact reason, perhaps, can be asked to the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta because they are more entitled to explain the reason,” he added.

On Monday, May 16, 2022, the preacher via his official Instagram account posted a photo of him and a video showing a room with a caption that he was arrested before being deported from Singapore. “UAS in a 1x2 meter room that looks like an immigration’s detention room before being deported from Singapore,” it said.

Read: Abdul Somad Blasphemy Case; Police Probe Batak Community

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