The Hunt For Hoax
THE police were hunting and capturing those spreading hoaxes prior to and following the riots of May 22. The domiciles of those spreading false information were scattered over various regions. Until Friday, May 24, the police had seized four hoax sharing perpetrators via social media accounts.
The latest action was the National Police Criminal Agency’s arrest of Said Djamalul Abidin in Bekasi, West Java, on Friday, May 24. He said three policemen of the People’s Republic of China were among the Police Mobile Brigade officers watching over protestors in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) building on May 22. “The content gave rise to a feeling of enmity,” said Sr. Comsr. Rickynaldo Chairul, Chief of Sub-directorate II of the Police Cyber Crime Directorate on Friday, May 24.
The three police officers allegedly coming from China turned out to be Mobile Brigade members of the North Sumatra Regional Police. Said claimed to have obtained their photos from other people. He confessed he had made a mistake. Said is liable to a maximum of 6-year imprisonment for violating the Information and Electronic Transaction Law.
The police have also been hunting other suspected of spreading hoax. Among them are those appealing for mass withdrawals of money from all banks so as to disrupt the present government. This information has spread since May 22. “We have sent lists of accounts spreading the call,” said Chief Spokesman for the National Police Public Relations Division Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo on Friday, May 24.
The public, too, has been involved in the hunt for hoax sharing perpetrators. A South Tangerang resident, Febina Priscilla, reported to the South Tangerang police because of the information about the death of Margaretha Nainggolan in the May 22 demonstration. One of the accounts used the photograph of Febina to make the hoax convincing. The police are now searching for the person disseminating the false content.
Court Rejects Homosexual Policeman’s Suit
THE State Administrative Court of Semarang rejected the suit filed by Brigadier TT on Thursday, May 23. The judicial panel described TT’s suit addressed to the court as premature. According to the judge, TT should have instituted a follow-up administrative lawsuit against the result of the Police Ethics and Profession Committee hearing. “The plaintiff is obligated to pay the cost arising from proceedings worth Rp348,000,” said presiding judge Panca Yunior Utomo.
The Central Java Regional Police Chief, then Insp. Gen. Condro Kirono, dismissed TT on December 27, 2018. The discharge was based on a recommendation of the Central Java Police Ethics and Profession Committee hearing for TT’s dishonorable dismissal. They believed that TT had done disgraceful deeds due to his homosexuality.
TT’s attorney, Ma’ruf Bajammal, said TT had requested an appeal against the result of the Ethics Committee hearing. “In our view, the judge has made a mistake by saying that this suit is premature,” said Ma’ruf.
15-year Imprisonment Demanded for Karen Agustiawan
THE prosecutor demanded a 15-year imprisonment for former Pertamina CEO, Karen Agustiawan. Karen was also required to pay a fine of Rp1 billion with subsidiary of 6 months in prison. “We demand the judicial panel declare the defendant legitimately and convincingly proven guilty of committing corruption,” said prosecutor T.M. Pakpahan when reading his address at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Friday, May 24.
Karen was charged with ignoring the procedure of Pertamina in investing in the Basker Manta Gummy Block, Australia in 2009. The investment was seen as going beyond risk study and analysis. Moreover, said the prosecutor, the cooperation proceeded without the approval of the legal division and board of directors of Pertamina. The loss inflicted on the state in this case was estimated at Rp568 billion.
Karen expressed her belief that the move taken had conformed to the regulation. “We did nothing outside the procedure,” said Karen.