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FPI leader Rizieq Shihab to testify in Ahok’s hearing

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Jakarta | Wed, January 18, 2017 | 08:14 pm
FPI leader Rizieq Shihab to testify in Ahok’s hearing Witness -- Habib Rizieq of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) appears at the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) office on Nov. 3 for a questioning over the alleged blasphemy committed by non-active Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Firebrand preacher and leader of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) Rizieq Shihab is scheduled to give testimony in an upcoming hearing of Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s blasphemy trial, a defense lawyer has said.

Rizieq will be presented by the prosecutors as a religious expert, one of Ahok’s lawyers, Humphrey Djemat, told Kompas.com on Wednesday, saying that he had obtained the information from his client’s case dossier.

“Rizieq was listed in the dossier [to testify] as a religious expert recommended by the MUI [Indonesian Ulema Council],” Humphrey said, adding that Rizieq will testify after all the prosecution witnesses who reported Ahok give their testimonies.

(Read also: Ahok's lawyers hope judges dismiss witness statement)

As of the most recent hearing on Tuesday, the prosecutors have presented eight witnesses from dozens of individuals planned to be brought to the North Jakarta District Court.  “There will be language experts, as well as criminal law and religious experts,” Humphrey said. (Saf/jun)

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