Zarima Mirafsur enlists the help of the FPI.
Zarina Mirafsur alias Zarima is, or was, a television actress, who has had a troubled and somewhat comical past. She has been convicted of drug possession twice, once of 30,000 tablets of Ecstasy and once of a small amount of shabu-shabu, and has served several years in prison. She famously evaded police custody in Jakarta in 1997 by climbing out of a toilet window before fleeing to America. Once in America she was arrested by police hiding behind a rack of sexy underwear in a department store in Texas, and then deported back to Indonesia. asiaweek
Zarima in 2000 gave birth to a daughter, Nikita Chairunnisya or Chaerunnisa, before or after entering into an informal marriage with one Ferry Juan (Zarima claims it was after). Zarima handed Nikita over to Ferry when she was sent to prison again and Ferry has had custody of the girl ever since.
For several years now Zarima has been fighting to get Nikita back, with Ferry fighting her all the way, and she has now turned to the Islam Defenders' Front (FPI) crack legal team for help.
Zarima is Muslim and Ferry is not, and Zarima, and the FPI, complain that Ferry has brought Nikita up according to his religion, and not Islam. What's more, Ferry had changed the girl's name, from Nikita Chairunnisya to Nikita Juan, and even prevented Zarima from visiting her.
Zarima Mirafsur, & a burly FPI lawyer.
FPI lawyer Sugito says the Front Pembela Islam regards the matter of getting Nikita back as "jihad", and says Zarima's rights as a mother have to be defended.
We will get that child back by any means, but peaceful means. We will ask the police to help but if they don't help we will send in our men.
Another FPI lawyer, M. Hidayat Imran, said he was aware of Ferry's determination to keep Nikita but threatened him that the FPI could bring more men out than all of Ferry's money could buy.
If he wants violence we're ready.