The Jakarta Post
The Surabaya District Court has sentenced musician Ahmad Dhani Prasetyo to one year in jail for calling his political rivals idiots in a vlog.
The court, presided by judge R Anton Widyopriono, ruled that Ahmad Dhani had violated Article 27 Clause 3 of Information and Electronic Transactions Law.
“The court sentence [the defendant] to one year in jail,” Anton said as quoted by Antara news agency.
Ahmad Dhani said he would appeal the verdict.
Previously, the musician had been indicted under the law that forbids the deliberate distribution of "electronic information and/or documents that contain insults and/or defamation”.
Last year, Dhani was reported to the police by a coalition called Defend NKRI (Unitary State of the Republic Indonesia) after the musician called those who opposed the 2019 ganti presiden (2019 change president) declaration in Surabaya idiots in a vlog.
Dhani was named a suspect in the case last October by the East Java Police.
Earlier, the former Dewa band lead singer was convicted under the same law by the South Jakarta District Court in January for tweeting that supporters of former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama should be spat on.
The court sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment, but he was transferred to Surabaya in February to face trial for the current case. (gis)