Bareskrim-Jakarta Police Coordinate to Resolve Ade Armando´s Case

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 , 17:00:00 WIB -

Habib Rizieq Syihab (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – A writing on a social media posted by a lecturer of University of Indonesia, Ade Armando, is being investigated by the police. The National Police (Polri) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Mohammad Iqbal said that the Criminal Investigation Agency (Bareksrim) will coordinate with the Jakarta Police when the investigators found criminal evidence.

"The investigation process is ongoing, we have owned the evidence, the investigators will start a supervision. We will collect any (report) from any place, whether it’s in the Bareskrim or the Jakarta Police," Iqbal explained at Polri Headquarters, Jalan Trunojoyo, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan, Monday (1/1).

Iqbal said that reported religious blasphemy cases can be handled by the Bareskrim or the Jakarta Police as Ade Armando has been named as a suspect in the previous case. "So, Bareskrim could turn over the case to the Regional Police (Polda), or take over it (case investigation). Just wait, there’s a supervision team. Let us proceed the investigation in the Bareskrim for a while. If the investigators find a criminal element and it’s similar, we will start a coordination," Iqbal explained.

Iqbal said the police are still investigating the five reports and uphold the law if the police find the evidence.

Previously, Ade was reported by five parties for his writing in the social media that’s considered a hoax and insulting the leader of Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), Habib Rizieq Syihab. The parties that reported Ade are Ratih Puspa Nusanti, Islamic Students Front (FMI), a non-governmental organization (NGO) named Kebangkitan Jawara, lawyer Bang Japar, and FPI Jakarta.

Responding to the issue, Ade explained that he uploaded a photo of Habib Rizieq wearing a Christmas hat to explain that it was a hoax.

"I never insult any religion or religious public figure, the ones that I usually criticize are people who are called as ulema but loves to spread a hate speech, like Rizieq Shihab. I respect ulemas like KH Quraisy Shihab, Professor Syafii Maarif, Gus Mus, and KH Said Aqil," Ade said, Sunday (31/12).

"Regarding the picture of ulemas wearing Christmas hats, I wrote ‘this is a hoax’," he said firmly. (dtc/mag)