Indonesia Arrests Ex-Hardline Group Islamic Defenders Front Secretary-General
Indonesian anti-terror police from Detachment 88 (Densus 88) arrested former militant group Islamic Defenders Front secretary-general Munarman on Tuesday, April 27, police said.
Munarman, who is also the lawyer of the former Islamic Defenders Front leader Rizieq Shihab, was arrested in a housing complex in South Tangerang on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta at 15.30 local time.
“Yes, (he was arrested),” said National Police spokesman Inspector General Argo Yuwono.
Based on police statements, Munarman is suspected of inciting other people to commit and conspire with radical acts, including hiding information about terrorist acts from authorities.
His name has been linked with the arrests of terrorist suspects several times. However, he had denied the accusation, saying he had no connection with them.
The police raided his home in South Tangerang, while the headquarters of the disbanded Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) in Central Jakarta was also under investigation after the police seized explosive chemicals, according to another police spokesman, Police Commissioner (Kombes) Ahmad Ramadhan, on Tuesday.
The government banned FPI last year after its involvement in activities that violated order and security.