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Rizieq Shihab slapped with Rp 50 million fine over virus rules

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Crowds from various regions flock the road access heading to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten to welcome the firebrand cleric and leader of Islam Defenders Front (FPI) Rizieq Shihab on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Antara/Muhammad Iqbal)

The Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) has slapped Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab with a Rp 50 million (US$3,536) fine after finding the controversial cleric guilty of disregarding COVID-19 health protocol when organizing a public event that attracted large crowds over the weekend. Jakarta Satpol PP head Arifin said in a letter addressed to Rizieq that the latter had violated physical distancing measures currently in effect to prevent coronavirus transmission among the public. Arifin said Satpol PP held Rizieq, along with the FPI, responsible for not limiting the number of guests attending his daughter’s wedding, which also served to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta on Saturday evening. The event, he said, was in violation of Jakarta Gubernatorial Regulation No. 79/2020 on the enforcement of health protocols ...