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Ahok to undergo police probe as suspect on Tuesday

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, November 21, 2016 | 12:43 pm
Ahok to undergo police probe as suspect on Tuesday Warm welcome - Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama gets a hug from a supporter during a campaign stop at Rumah Lembang in Central Jakarta on Nov. 16. Ahok has been named a blasphemy suspect. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is scheduled to undergo an interrogation at the National Police headquarters on Tuesday morning as a suspect over blasphemy allegations.

"We will conduct the first questioning of the suspect, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m.," National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar told reporters on Monday.

Boy added that police expect to complete the case dossier, which will include information from the probe into Ahok and from some witnesses, within a week and then to submit it to prosecutors.

Boy said police would not detain Ahok.

"The police investigators have not found any urgency to detain Ahok," he said.

On Wednesday, police officially charged Ahok for blasphemy for talking about people who cited a Quranic verse in late September during a visit to the Thousand Islands regency.

The naming of Ahok as suspect has apparently mollified thousands of Muslim people who protested on Nov. 4 because they claimed to have been offended by Ahok's criticism of people who allegedly misused the Quranic verse for political purposes.

Some organizations that had threatened to stage another protest again on Nov. 25 in case police had decided not to charge Ahok, postponed their protest to Dec. 2. (dmr)

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