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Rizieq Shihab may return on Independence Day

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 24, 2017   /   01:30 pm
Rizieq Shihab may return on Independence Day Islam Defender's Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab gestures during the 12th trial hearing of then Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama's blasphemy case on Feb 28. (Republika/POOL/Raisan Al Farisi/ via JP)

Islamic Defender’s Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab, who fled to Saudi Arabia after police named him a suspect in a pornography case, will return to Indonesia on the country’s Independence Day on Aug. 17, which also coincides with the hard-line group’s anniversary, his lawyer has said.

“He has planned to go home for a while to attend FPI’s anniversary celebration on Aug. 17 — only if the situation is possible,” said Sugito Atmo Pawiro as quoted by kompas.com on Sunday.

Sugito was quick to add that Rizieq would first observe the developments of his case before making a decision.

Rizieq, the initiator of two large-scale rallies against former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama last year, has been on the police’s wanted list since May 31, after twice failing to comply with a summons to question him. He is believed to be in Saudi Arabia now. 

The cleric was named a suspect in a pornography case that came to light when sexually explicit WhatsApp chats allegedly exchanged between Rizieq and Firza Husein, who has also been named a suspect, was leaked online. (fac/wit)