Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
West Java Police open voice regarding the viral video on social media showing investigators of the General Criminal Investigation Directorate meeting and chatting casually with the speaker Bahar bin Smith.
Through the Twitter account @humaspoldajbar, the police said that the investigator’s meeting with Bahar was aimed at providing a Notice of Commencement of Investigation (SPDP).
“Investigators from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation of the West Java Police came to Bahar Smith’s residence to submit a Notice of Commencement of Investigation (SPDP), a case that is being handled by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation of the West Java Police,” wrote the Twitter account as quoted on Wednesday (12/29).
In this case, the official account of the West Java Regional Police which has a blue tick replied to a tweet submitted by a citizen. They voiced the hashtag #PolicePelukKadrun on Twitter.
The hashtag was widely discussed after a video circulated showing West Java Police investigators chatting casually with Bahar bin Smith in a room.
In the video, Bahar is seen talking while holding a cigarette in his left hand. They discussed a video that allegedly dragged Bahar into a new case.
“If it is pulled from the beginning to the end of the video, please watch it full. Where there is mother spreading hatred, where there is mother racial issues or tribal issues, SARA issues, “Bahar told police in a circulating video.
He said that he was indeed spreading hatred in the video. However, the target object is hatred of injustice and injustice.
Bahar then mentioned the name of the Army Chief of Staff, General Dudung Abdurachman, who he suspected had insulted religion.
“Habib Bahar spreads hatred, right. Against tyranny,” he added.
Still in the video clip that was circulating, several police officers then shook hands with Bahar. One member who wore a shirt that read ‘Ditreskrimum’ also hugged the controversial speaker.
Through a separate statement, the West Java Police Chief Inspector General Suntana said that his party had upgraded the status of handling cases of alleged hate speech containing elements of ethnicity, religion, race and intergroup (SARA) by preacher Bahar bin Smith into an investigation.
He stated that the police had also submitted a Notice of Investigation Commencement (SPDP) to Bahar at his residence in the Bogor area on December 28.
In that statement, Bahar is suspected of violating the criminal act of spreading information aimed at causing hatred and/or hostility to individuals and/or groups based on SARA as referred to in Article 28 paragraph (2) in conjunction with Article 45A paragraph (2) of the Republic of Indonesia Law Number 19 of 2016 concerning amendments to the Republic of Indonesia Law Number 11 of 2008 concerning Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE) and or Article 14 and Article 15 of the Republic of Indonesia Law Number 1 of 1946 concerning criminal law regulations.
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