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Buni Yani to report Ahok over alleged slander

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 11, 2016   /  02:48 pm
Buni Yani to report Ahok over alleged slander Suspected -- Buni Yani (second from left), the uploader of video containing footage of alleged blasphemous remarks by Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, attends a questioning at the National Police's Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) in Jakarta on Nov.10. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Buni Yani, the uploader of the video footage containing alleged blasphemous remarks made by Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, is set to report the inactive governor to the police for alleged libel.

Buni’s lawyer Aldwin Rahadian said his client wanted to report Ahok as he had accused him of dishonesty during an interview on Tuesday.

The lawyer further said he had read Ahok’s accusations in news reports posted on several online news portals. The governor stated as quoted by the news services that Buni did not edit the video, which showed his speech in Thousand Islands regency on Sept. 27, however, he had “lied” in transcribing the speech.

“We are still collecting evidence on his [Ahok’s] possible libelous statement. If Ahokreally did say [that Buni had lied], we will report him to Jakarta Police on Monday or Tuesday," Aldwin told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

(Read also: MUI hopes its opinion is used as a reference in Ahok’s blasphemy case)

He believed Ahok's statement had tainted Buni’s reputation. His client had not transcribed Ahok's speech,but only wrote a caption and his personal opinion in relation to Ahok's speech, the lawyer said, adding that “Ahok's accusation is baseless.”

He said Buni might report Ahok for allegedly violating articles 310 and 311of the Criminal Code (KUHP) in relation to libel,and Article 27(3) and Article 45(1) of the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law on defamation via the Internet. 

Previously, Buni reported two activists, Guntur Romli and Muannas Al Aidid, to Jakarta Police over alleged defamation. Romli and Muannas had accused Buni for allegedly provoking public unrest by uploading Ahok's speech to YouTube. (ebf)

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