Jakarta. Depok Police investigators on Sunday released Firman Hidayat Silalahi, an ice cream vendor arrested for flying the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flag last week, saying the man had been proven to have no links to any acts of terrorism.
Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said Firman has been told to report to the police at a later stage.
“He is not detained. But he has to report [to the police]. That means we will only be giving him guidance,” he said on Sunday, as reported by news portal Detik.com.
Rikwanto said that after police questioning, Firman appeared to have no relation to any terrorism network and had very little knowledge of the organization whose flag he was flying.
“He doesn’t understand what ISIS is,” Rikwanto said.
Firman was arrested in his house in Depok, West Java, on Friday, after neighbors reported him to the police for flying an ISIS flag.
Police reportedly found a number of ISIS paraphernalia in his house, including books, a video and several posters.
The Indonesian government has denounced ISIS as a terrorist organization and banned all activities related to the organization.
Firman said on Friday that he idolized ISIS on the grounds that the group was in support of the Palestinians.
“I have a huge admiration for the ISIS movement in fighting for the Palestinian people against the oppression by Israel. I got the information from the Internet,” he said.
Firman questioned the move to arrest him, adamant that he has never been involved in any acts of terrorism.
“I bought the ISIS paraphernalia with my own money in the Senayan area, so don’t attack me,” he said, further adding that he was also willing to be flown to Palestine to take part in holy war, or jihad. “I would change my citizenship if necessary.”