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Jakarta Post

Police to hold public case screening over Ahok’s blasphemy allegations Tuesday

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 11, 2016   /  05:06 pm
Police to hold public case screening over Ahok’s blasphemy allegations Tuesday Staying firm -- Inactive Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama (center) prepares to give a press statement after being questioned by the National Police's Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) in Jakarta on Nov.7 over blasphemy allegations. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

The National Police have confirmed that a case screening for a blasphemy case implicating incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama will be held on Nov.15.

“The case screening is set to take place in the main meeting room of the National Police headquarters at 8 or 9 a.m. on Tuesday,” the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) chief Comr. Gen. Ari Dono Sukmanto said at his office in Central Jakarta on Friday. 

He further said a case screening was usually held behind closed doors; however, in line with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s orders, the case screening would be open to the public to ensure transparency in the handling of the case. 

(Read also: Police gear up for open case screening in Ahok case)

The police’s general supervision inspectorate (Irwasum), Internal Affairs Division (Propam) and the law division, as well as the Indonesian Ombudsman and the National Police Commission (Kompolnas), will attend the case screening. All parties that have reported Ahok to the police for alleged blasphemy also will be present. Ahok will also attend the case screening.  

Ari said reporters would only be permitted to cover the opening of the case screening. The police will publish the results of their investigation several days after the case screening, he went on.

A case screening is a phase of a criminal investigation in which investigators decide whether evidence collected is solid enough for the police to name someone a suspect in the case. (ebf)



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