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Jakarta Post

Ahmad Dhani gets one year jail sentence for calling political rivals idiots

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 11, 2019   /   04:21 pm
Ahmad Dhani gets one year jail sentence for calling political rivals idiots Musician Ahmad Dhani Prasetyo gives a thumb up as he is sentenced to one year in prison for hate speech on June 11 at the Surabaya District Court. (Antara/Didik Suhartono)

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)