Jakarta, IO – Indonesian Islamic University (UII) lecturer Ahmad Munasir Raf’ie Pratama was reported missing after participating in a series of global academic event at the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), Norway on Sunday (5/2).
UII rector Fathul Wahid revealed that the university sent four academics, including himself, to the event in a bid to strengthen cooperation between the two universities. On Sunday (12/2), they left Norway via Oslo Airport reported CNN Indonesia, Monday (20/2).
Fathul said he last met Ahmad in Norway on the evening of February 11. The return trip route was Oslo-Istanbul-Riyadh-Istanbul-Jakarta. All team members returned via Turkey, but different flights. “Ahmad didn’t share his flight information with colleagues at UII and his wife,” said Fathul.
Ahmad reportedly sent his last message “waiting for boarding” to his wife on February 12 afternoon, shortly before be boarded the plane to Istanbul. He had not been heard of since.
Fathul said UII has formed a crisis center team to find Ahmad by, among others, tracing his digital footprints. The university has also sent a letter requesting NCB-Interpol Indonesia to issue a Yellow Notice for Ahmad.
It has also submitted a request to Foreign Ministry’s Citizens Protection Directorate to provide protection for Ahmad. The police said it will also step up the investigation.
In the latest update, he was found entering the US through Boston Airport on Sunday (19/2). Nevertheless, Fathul admitted that he could not confirm Ahmad’s exact whereabouts. He also said he did not know about Ahmad’s business in Boston, United States. (un)