Look Who’s Ariel’s Neighbor In Prison

If you are wondering what’s happening to Nazril Irham aka Ariel, here is an update.  Ariel, lead vocalist of the pop band Peterpan is being detained at the National Police detention center in South Jakarta for his alleged role in the Peterporn sex videos scandal involving Luna Maya and Cut Tari.  Recently Ariel has a new neighbor – Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir.  How did the two get along with each other?

Abu Bakar Ba’asyir

71-year old Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir is alleged to be the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), a terrorist group with links to al-Qaeda. Abu Bakar Ba’asyir has been in and out of prison several times, mostly on terrorism-related charges. During the Suharto era in the 1970s, Abu Bakar Ba’asyir was jailed on charges of trying to promote an Islamic state. He subsequently fled to neighboring Malaysia, returning to Indonesia in 1998 after the fall of then President Suharto. Later he was arrested and accused of involvement in several bombings, including the Bali bombing, the Marriott Hotel bombing, etc. 

In August this year, Abu Bakar Ba’asyir was again arrested, this time on charges of providing funding and playing an active part in setting up a militant training camp in Aceh for the Jemaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT) group. It was this latest arrest that brought Abu Bakar Ba’asyir into contact with Ariel, as they are both housed in the same prison, in fact in adjacent cells.

“Perhaps Ariel Has Changed Now”

Sr. Comr. Marwoto Soeto, a spokesman for the National Police said: “Ariel doesn’t know who Ba’asyir is and Ba’asyir doesn’t know who Ariel is.”  Hasyim Abdullah, personal assistant to Abu Bakar Ba’asyir confirmed this when he said that Abu Bakar Ba’asyir only knew Ariel after other prisoners told him about the popular singer.

Hasyim Abdullah said that Abu Bakar Ba’asyir is providing spiritual advice to Ariel.  Hasyim Abdullah said: “Uztadz [teacher] usually suggests Ariel to routinely say a prayer and repent as his past life was far away from Islamic teachings. Uztadz has often asked Ariel to join the mass prayer. Perhaps Ariel has changed now.”

Think About It

Ariel is now moving physically and spiritually close to Abu Bakar Ba’asyir.  Hasyim Abdullah said that “perhaps Ariel has changed now.”  Since Abu Bakar Ba’asyir is known as a firebrand cleric, is there a danger that Ariel might be recruited for terrorist activities one day?  Is it wise to put an alleged spiritual leader of terrorist groups in the same prison as other non-terrorist prisoners?

Previous posts

Peterporn Sex Videos – Ariel And Luna Maya Still In Denial Mode
Peterporn Sex Videos – Time For Ariel To Apologize?
Ariel Arrested Over Sex Videos Featuring Luna Maya And Cut Tari
Ariel – Did He Do It With Luna Maya, Cut Tari And Others?

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