JAKARTA, Indonesia – Jakarta Police said Sunday (October 5th) they intend to arrest Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Novel Bamu'min for his alleged role in violent protests Friday in which more than ten police officers were injured, local media reported.
Jakarta Police Chief Unggung Cahyono said they believe the violence was premeditated.
Police spokesman Rikwanto said Novel failed to turn himself in, The Jakarta Post reported. He added police asked FPI to submit names of members involved in the protest against the appointment of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as Jakarta governor.
Rikwanto also said police would use force to capture Novel, according to Antara News.
Police have already arrested 21 FPI members in connection with the violence.