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After Great Escape, FPI Chief Now Wallows in Salemba Jail

Supporters of Islam Defender’s Front (FPI) chairman Habib Rizieq Shihab mortified the city police and the prosecutors’s office on Monday when they managed to whisk away Rizieq from the latter’s offices on Jl. Rasuna Said, South Jakarta, under the bewildered gaze of security officers. Despite his dramatic “rescue”, Rizieq turned himself in later on in the evening at the Salemba detention center on Jl. Salemba Raya, Central Jakarta, where he will be detained while awaiting trial. Rizieq was snatched from the clutches of the law by hundreds of FPI members at around 11.30 a.m., right in front of security personnel — both from the police and the prosecutors’ office — who were unable or unwilling to do anything to stop the devoted FPI members springing their man. They made good their dramatic escape in a P-20 Kopaja bus they had hijacked on its way to Senen in Central Jakarta from Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta. The incident occurred only hours after Rizieq was arrested by city police on Sunday evening at Soekarno-Hatta airport as he arrived back from Jordan. Full Story

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