Indonesian court sentences Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab to four years imprisonment for coronavirus misinformation

An Indonesian court jailed hardline Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab on Thursday for four years for spreading false information in a video saying he was healthy despite having tested positive for COVID-19. The verdict comes after an eight-month jail term handed last month to Rizieq, the spiritual leader of the outlawed Islamic Defender’s Front (FPI), for… Read More Indonesian court sentences Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab to four years imprisonment for coronavirus misinformation

Indonesia bans hardline group Islamic Defender’s Front

Indonesia has banned the controversial but politically influential hardline group the Islamic Defender’s Front, the country’s chief security minister announced on Wednesday. Mahfud MD said the group, widely known by its acronym FPI, had been officially outlawed, effective immediately. FPI is led by firebrand Islamic cleric Rizieq, a controversial figure in Indonesian politics, who was… Read More Indonesia bans hardline group Islamic Defender’s Front

Indonesian police arrests Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab over breach of coronavirus lockdown restrictions

Indonesian Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab was arrested in Jakarta on Saturday on suspicion of having breached coronavirus restrictions by holding events that drew thousands of followers in the city, his lawyer said. Police had been investigating the firebrand and politically influential cleric for violating COVID-19 control measures after several mass gatherings were held to celebrate… Read More Indonesian police arrests Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab over breach of coronavirus lockdown restrictions