Jakarta Police Spokesperson Sr. Commr. Argo Yuwono said on Monday that they would issue a warrant.
What we know so far about Rizieq's travel plan
On April 27, Rizieq was known to go on Umra (pilgrimage) in Saudi Arabia, but has not returned to Indonesia since.
But then, Rizieq was said to move to Malaysia to work on his doctorate dissertation at the Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM).
FPI spokesperson confirmed to Kompas yesterday afternoon that the cleric is still in Malaysia with his staff named Muchsin.
Muchsin was also sought by the police as a witness for the same pornography case.
The Jakarta Police announced on Friday that they would detain the firebrand leader of Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), Rizieq Shihab, as soon as he returned to the country after Rizieq failed to show up twice for questioning as a witness in a pornography case.
“We have sent Rizieq an invitation for questioning, but he did not respond nor attend the questioning as scheduled. Therefore, once he returns, we will detain him immediately,” Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said, adding that the details would be elaborated on later by the investigators.
As a witness, Rizieq has twice evaded a police questioning for a pornography case allegedly involving him and a treason suspect, Firza Husein.
The police first summoned Rizieq, Firza, Rizieq’s wife and a friend of Firza’s as witnesses on April 25. However, none of them showed up.