The Jakarta Post
Oct. 5, p5
Defying public pressure, the North Maluku Police have reiterated that they will continue their investigation into alleged defamation by a local activist who uploaded to YouTube a video showing a Ternate Police officer accepting money from a traffic violator.
North Maluku Police Chief Brig. Gen. Zulkarnain said that although the police had released the suspect, identified as Adlun Fiqri, a student at the Ternate-based Khairun University (Unkhair), the legal process regarding the case was ongoing.
'After I watched [the video] I saw that [Adlun's act] was improper conduct. There was no bribery. The police officer just ticketed [the motorist],' Zulkarnain said as quoted by Antara news agency.
I did not know that there was an actual law that allowed police to fine people on the spot in Indonesia. If that is the case, then the situation is different, and the police will surely want to rush to provide a copy of the receipt and a copy of the fine given to the driver of the motorbike.
Are the police allowed to fine on the spot?
Where is the receipt the police gave to the driver?
Corruption is really extremely haram. Allah forbids bribery in the Koran. Anyone involved in bribery should read the Koran. If you are recalcitrant, your soul will be in danger in the akhirat, the afterlife. Stop bribery. Do good deeds to help poor people, increase your worth as a human being.
Adlun Fiqri, a student who was arrested for uploading a video of a police officer accepting money, was most likely breaking Indonesian copyright laws, not that overbearing Information and Electronics Transactions (ITE) Law.
You see, just like music is an art, so is corruption. It is an art, more intricate and cultured than music itself. It has been refined to perfection over the years so it is worth protecting. One day they might even seek UNESCO's recognition.
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