Rizieq’s Session Held Online Again, Lawyers Threaten a Walkout
Attorney for the former Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) Rizieq Shihab, Sugito Atmo Prawiro, emphasized that he would leave the courtroom or walkout again if the trial against his client’s case was still held online or online tomorrow, Friday (19/3).
The East Jakarta District Court (PN) plans to continue to trial the Rizieq case online.
“We will attend if the trial is not online. Objection online. If we go online, we will walk out,” Sugito told CNNIndonesia.com, Wednesday (18/3).
Sugito compared several other defendants who were caught in cases, but who were still being tried face-to-face.
He gave an example of the defendant in the swab test, the President Director of Ummi Hospital, Bogor, Andi Tatat, on Tuesday (16/3), who was still being tried face-to-face at the East Jakarta District Court.
He then asked the East Jakarta District Court to hold a face-to-face hearing for Rizieq Shihab.
“There is Napoleon, the Jiwasraya case is also not online. Andi Tatat was also not online yesterday. Why is the Rizieq habib differentiated? What’s wrong?” asked Sugito.
Likewise, Rizieq’s other attorney, Novel Bamukmin, also threatened to leave the courtroom if the East Jakarta District Court insisted on holding it online.
“Automatically Habib Rizieq will also not attend the trial,” he said.
The East Jakarta District Court will try Rizieq on a case of suspected crowds and violations of health protocols in Petamburan with case number: 221 / Pid.B / 2021 / PN.Jkt.Tim); suspected case related to the swab test at the Bogor Ummi Hospital with case number: 225 / Pid.B / 2021 / PN.Jkt.Tim); as well as cases of suspected violation of health protocols in Megamendung with case number: 226 / Pid.B / 2021 / PN.Jkt.Tim).
The virtual trial also applies to two other cases related to the Rizieq case, namely case number: 222 / Pid.B / 2021 / PN.Jkt.Tim with the defendant Haris Ubaidillah, Ahmad Sabri Lubis, Ali Alwi Alatas bin Alwi Alatas, Idrus alias Idrus Al-Habsyi, and Maman Suryadi and case number: 224 / Pid.B / 2021 / PN.Jkt.Tim with the defendant Muhammad Hanif Alatas bin Abdurachman Alatas.
Previously, Rizieq and his team of legal advisors protested and walked out on the virtual trial mechanism on Tuesday (16/3). Rizieq wants himself to be presented to the East Jakarta District Court.