Ahmad Dhani named hate speech suspect
The Jakarta Post
Musician Ahmad Dhani has been named a suspect for hate speech by the South Jakarta Police in connection to a tweet he posted in March that allegedly provoked people to attack supporters of former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.
Ahmad Dhani wrote on March 5 that “anyone who supports the blasphemer is scum and deserves to be spit in the face.”
The tweet was posted during the gubernatorial election’s campaign season, which coincided with Ahok’s blasphemy trial.
Members of the BTP Network of Ahok supporters reported the singer to the police on March 9 for allegedly spreading hate speech.
Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono confirmed on Tuesday that the police had named Ahmad Dhani a suspect.
“He will be questioned at the South Jakarta Police station on Thursday,” Argo said according to kompas.com.
Ahmad Dhani is also a defamation suspect for comments he made against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during a rally protesting Ahok on Nov. 4 last year. (cal)
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