The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Police named noted poet Sitok Srengenge a suspect on Monday for allegedly raping a University of Indonesia (UI) student, almost a year after the victim first reported the case to police in November last year.
'The police have collected enough evidence to name SS a suspect,' Jakarta Police criminal investigations division director Sr. Comr. Heru Pranoto said Monday as quoted by kompas.com.
He added that police officers had questioned 11 witnesses, including such as criminologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, anthropologists and criminal law experts.
Heru said the expert witnesses had been asked to examine the articles Sitok was charged under, adding that Sitok was scheduled to undergo questioning within the next three days.
The UI student's lawyer, Iwan Pangka, said her first encounter with Sitok took place when the latter was a guest judge in a competition held on the victim's campus in December 2012.
A few months later, Sitok contacted the young woman again and a relationship developed between the two. Last November, the student reported Sitok to the police for rape that led to her becoming pregnant.
In July this year, the Jakarta Police considered dropping the case due to a lack of evidence.
Sitok has been charged under the Criminal Code's (KUHP) Article 335 on indecent conduct, Article 286 on crimes against decency and Article 294 on obscenity. If found guilty, Sitok may face up to five years in prison. (dyl/ebf)(+++)