Jakarta Post

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
Video Weather icon 30°C
DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
30°C Partly Cloudy

Dry and mostly cloudy throughout the day.

  • Wed

    26℃ - 32℃

  • Thu

    25℃ - 32℃

  • Fri

    25℃ - 31℃

  • Sat

    26℃ - 30℃

Police arrest woman accused of spreading Setya's hospital photo

  • News Desk
    News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, November 2, 2017 | 06:01 am
Police arrest woman accused of spreading Setya's hospital photo House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto comments on the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) decision to name him a graft suspect in a press conference held at the House complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on July 18. (Antara/M.Agung Rajasa)

Police have arrested a woman suspected of distributing online content deemed defamatory to House of Representatives Speaker and Golkar chairman Setya Novanto.

Head of the Jakarta Police’s cybercrime division, Sr. Comr. Asep Safrudin, said that the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Dyann Kemala Arrizqi, had been charged under the Information Technology Law (ITE) law.

"She is currently being questioned. So far, she said that she had been playing around when uploading the photo on social media," Asep said as quoted by kompas.com.

Read also: Politics hinders graft fight

In early October, a photo of Setya lying on a hospital bed began circulating online and soon went viral on social media, with creative meme makers quick to add deriding captions.

Netizens also pointed to a number of oddities in how Setya had posed for the shot.

This photograph of House of Representatives Speaker and Golkar Party chairman Setya Novanto receiving intensive care at Jatinegara Premier Hospital drew widespread criticism that he had posed for the shot, and inspired a slew of satirical memes.This photograph of House of Representatives Speaker and Golkar Party chairman Setya Novanto receiving intensive care at Jatinegara Premier Hospital drew widespread criticism that he had posed for the shot, and inspired a slew of satirical memes. (Twitter/Twitter)

Many focused on the electrocardiogram machine in the left-hand corner of the photo. The device measures a patient’s heart beat, but the one in the picture revealed a flatline — which indicates the patient is already dead.

Setya's lawyers filed a complaint against Dyann to the Jakarta Police on Oct. 10, claiming that she had distributed defamatory materials online.

On Wednesday, the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) issued a statement that Dyann was one of its members, who was based in Tangerang, Banten.

Join the discussions