Muslim cleric Habib Rizieq Shihab, leader of the Indonesian hardline organisation Islamic Defenders Front, arrives to inaugurate a mosque in Bogor on November 13, 2020. Photo: AFP
Muslim cleric Habib Rizieq Shihab, leader of the Indonesian hardline organisation Islamic Defenders Front, arrives to inaugurate a mosque in Bogor on November 13, 2020. Photo: AFP
Indonesia

Indonesia jails hardline Muslim cleric Habib Rizieq Shihab for Covid-19 violations

  • Jail term relates to mass events held by the firebrand, including his daughter’s wedding; analysts say his supporters’ anger will be muted
  • The move follows a report warning ‘more militant members’ of the cleric’s Islamic Defenders Front could be pushed by sense of ‘persecution’ to more violence

Muslim cleric Habib Rizieq Shihab, leader of the Indonesian hardline organisation Islamic Defenders Front, arrives to inaugurate a mosque in Bogor on November 13, 2020. Photo: AFP
Muslim cleric Habib Rizieq Shihab, leader of the Indonesian hardline organisation Islamic Defenders Front, arrives to inaugurate a mosque in Bogor on November 13, 2020. Photo: AFP
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