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Jasriadi of ‘Saracen’ to undergo trial in Pekanbaru

  • Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru, Riau   /   Mon, December 11, 2017   /   08:40 pm
Jasriadi of ‘Saracen’ to undergo trial in Pekanbaru Suspected: Jasriadi, 32, the alleged leader of Saracen, a network accused of spreading hate speech through social media, will soon go on trial in Pekanbaru, Riau. (Tempo/File)

Investigators of the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) have handed over the case dossier of the leader of Saracen, a network accused of spreading hate speech through social media, to the Pekanbaru Prosecutors’ Office after it was declared “P21,” or complete.  

Head of the Pekanbaru Prosecutors’ Office’s general crimes division, Ahmad Yusuf Ibrahim, said that after being detained by Bareskrim for 120 days, Saracen leader Jasriadi, 32, would be held at Sialang Bungkuk Penitentiary in Pekanbaru for 20 days.

Jasriadi has been charged under multiple articles of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.

“Whether he has been involved in alleged hate speech or the distribution of fake news, we can get all the facts on Jasriadi’s role during the trial,” Ahmad said on Monday.

He said the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) handed over Jasriadi’s case dossier to the Pekanbaru Prosecutors’ Office because the suspect allegedly committed the crimes and was arrested in Pekanbaru.

“AGO prosecutors examined Jasriadi’s case dossier. It has been completed and can be handed over to the court,” Ahmad said.

“A team of seven prosecutors are preparing the indictment. A schedule for [Jasriadi’s] trial is being coordinated with the court.”

The head of Jasriadi’s defense team, Zulkifli, claimed his client was never involved in spreading hate speech or circulating fake news for political interests.

“He created thousands of accounts, but not for spreading hate speech. He never targeted anyone through social media, including President [Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo] and Ahok [former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama],” he said. (nmn/ebf)