Woman charged for allegedly sharing porn with firebrand cleric in WhatsApp

Woman charged for allegedly sharing porn with firebrand cleric in WhatsApp
Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab gestures during the 12th hearing of then active Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama's blasphemy case on Feb 28.
PHOTO: The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

The Jakarta Police have named Firza Husein, the coordinator of the Solidaritas Sahabat Cendana Foundation (SSC) and treason suspect, a suspect in a separate pornography case.

Investigators have charged her under the 2008 Pornography Law, which carries a maximum sentence of six years' imprisonment, for allegedly sharing pornographic material in WhatsApp chats between her and firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab.

Firza was named a suspect after undergoing 12 hours of questioning at the office of the Jakarta Police's special crimes unit on Tuesday.

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said the police had obtained enough evidence to name Firza a suspect.

"We have evidence consisting of a police report, statements from regular and expert witnesses and of course physical evidence," Argo said after the questioning session.

Investigators of the National Police's Indonesia Automatic Fingerprints Identification System (INAFIS) confirmed on Monday that nude pictures posted in a WhatsApp chat belonged to Firza.

"Tomorrow [Wednesday], we will question her again as a suspect," said Argo.

Meanwhile, investigators have yet to question Rizieq, who failed to fulfil two summons to be questioned as a witness in the case.

The police said on Tuesday that Rizieq was located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Rizieq's lawyer, Kapitra Ampera, said his client had intentionally defied police summons because he claimed innocence. Kapitra also said that Rizieq might not return to Indonesia before Idul Fitri.

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