JAKARTA, June 18 (JDN.id) – Indonesian police dropped its investigation over Rizieq Shihab, the founder of an Indonesian Muslim hardliner group the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), on sexual chat with a women, due to his lawyer team’s request and the fact that the uploader of the chatting has yet found.
“After conducting the case examination, ite was stopped because according to the investigators the uploader (of the chatting) has yet found,” Brig. Gen. Muhammad Iqbal, a national police spokesman said as quoted by kumparan.com on Sunday.
He added that Shihab’s team of lawyers have also sent a request to police to stop the case.
Investigators have right to make decision whether to continue or to stop a legal case, Iqbal explained.
Shihab has been living abroad since he left the country for ummrah or minor hajj to Saudi Arabia in May last year, shortly after his sexual chat through WhatsApp with social activist Firza Husein was leaked.
Shihab himself broadcast the news about the dropping of the case through a short video and and his lawyer statement that went viral through WhatsApp on the first day of Muslim’s Eid al-Firtr, which was on June 15.
Through the statement, it is believed that Shibab is now in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
The sexual chat is only one among 17 cases that police have been investigating regarding Shihab, according to kumparan.com.
Police investigators have interrogated Shihab in Saudi Arabia in August 2017, the National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has said.