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Police gear up for open case screening in Ahok case

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 10, 2016   /  07:55 pm
Police gear up for open case screening in Ahok case Maintaining his innocence – Non-active Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama (center) is about to give a press statement after attending a questioning at the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Division in Jakarta on Monday. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

The National Police are planning to involve groups from both inside and outside the force in an “open case screening” in their blasphemy investigation implicating Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.

National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Agus Rianto told journalists on Thursday that besides officials from the police’s internal affairs division (Propam) and legal affairs division, members of the National Police Commission (Kompolnas) and the House of Representatives would also participate in the screening.

“We are working on the details ahead of the screening,” he said on Thursday. 

The first-ever open case screening in the history of the National Police is slated to take place next week upon President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s instruction following a large-scale demonstration by Islamic organizations in Jakarta on Friday.

Participants in the rally demanded transparent legal proceedings over remarks Ahok made in a speech back in September.

Police have been criticized over their plan to hold an open case screening. Several lawmakers from the House’s Commission III, which oversees security and legal affairs, have questioned the legal basis for an open screening in a police investigation. (ebf) 

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