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

An Indonesian court on Thursday sentenced hardline Muslim cleric Habib Rizieq Shihab to eight months in prison and fined him 20 million rupiah (US$1,400) for violating coronavirus restrictions by hosting crowded events after his return last year from self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia.The jailing of Rizieq, who led the now banned Islamist vigilante group, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), was not expected to trigger a violent reaction from his hundreds of thousands of followers “as he will be…

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