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Court rejects Rizieq’s pretrial motion

  • The Jakarta Post

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 14 2021   /  01:00 am
Soldiers of the Indonesian Military (TNI) remove the unauthorized banners depicting photo and support to firebrand cleric and leader of Islam Defenders Front (FPI) Rizieq Shihab during a patroll in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta on Friday, Nov. 2020. Jakarta Military Command chief Maj. Gen. Dudung Abdurachman admits that he has ordered his subordinates to remove FPI and Rizieq posters.(Kompas.com/Garry Lotulung)

The South Jakarta District Court has rejected a pretrial motion filed by the leader of the now-defunct Islam Defenders Front (FPI), Rizieq Shihab, pertaining to the termination of an investigation into the firebrand cleric's alleged health protocol violations. The sole judge Akhmad Sayuti rejected all motions filed by Rizieq, concluding that the Jakarta Police had followed proper procedures in questioning and arresting him. "[The court] rejects all pretrial motions filed by the plaintiff," Akhmad said on Tuesday as quoted by tempo.co. Police named Rizieq a suspect in mid-December for allegedly breaching COVID-19 restrictions by hosting several large gatherings in November, including the wedding of his daughter in Central Jakarta. Most recently, the police also charged him for refusing to undergo a PCR test when he was admitted to Ummi Hospital in Bogor, West J...