Rizieq Demands Abolition

Thursday, 29 June 2017 , 14:00:00 WIB - Law

Activists from the Advokat Merah Putih, Teddy Raharjo (second right) and Ketut Nuarsa (right), an activist from Patriot Garuda Nusantara Bali, Pariadi (second left) and Perguruan Sandhi Murti activist, I Gusti Ngurah Harta (left), are seen showing a CD containing hate speeches, at the Bali Police headquarters, Thursday (8/6). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Habib Rizieq Syihab continues his struggle to avoid court. Following the rejection he received from the police to issue an investigation termination warrant (SP3), Rizieq is now asking President Joko Widodo to grant him abolition.

Rizieq’s lawyer, who is also a constitutional law expert, Yusril Ihza Mahendra, claims the abolition can be granted as part of the reconciliation effort and would be the best solution.

"I think abolition would be the best solution and no party would be embarrassed from the decision. Abolition would mean the police have done their job to opt for a preventive measure. Meanwhile, an SP3 would mean the police apprehended the wrong person as there is insufficient evidence," Yusril said, Jakarta, Wednesday (21/6).

Yusril pointed out to the fact that the government had granted an abolition in the past.

"Habib Rizieq’s case is not as severe as the GAM (Independent Aceh Movement) and PRRI (Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Indonesia)," he said.

Meanwhile, Jakarta Police Chief, M Iriawan, said he is against the idea and emphasizes that Rizieq must follow the legal process. "I don’t understand his demand for abolition. Rizieq should just follow the legal process," said Iriawan, Jakarta, Wednesday (28/6). (dtc)