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Jakarta Post

Rhoma faces probe over Ahok ‘slurs’

  • Andreas D. Arditya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 3 2012   /  11:16 am

Dangdut singer and Muslim preacher Rhoma Irama faces questioning on allegations that he made slurs against the religious beliefs of vice gubernatorial candidate Basuki Tjahaja “Ahok” Purnama at a Jakarta mosque.

Rhoma, who has been stumping for Ahok’s opponents, incumbent Governor Fauzi Bowo and Nachrowi Ramli, would be questioned on Friday morning, Ramdansyah, the chairman of the Jakarta branch of the Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu Jakarta), said on Thursday.

“We have decided to summon Rhoma Irama over the case in order to obtain a full understanding,” Ramdansyah told reporters.

Ramdansyah made his comments after committee members met on Thursday with representatives of the Jakarta Police and Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office to discuss the case.

Rhoma delivered an allegedly derogatory and politically charged sermon on Sunday evening before t...