Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
West Java Police hold fast Bahar bin Smith after designating the speaker as suspect cases of spreading false information or hoaxes on Monday (1/3) night.
Director of the Special Criminal Investigation of the West Java Police Kombes Pol Arief Rachman said the investigation team had found two valid pieces of evidence and supported the determination of BS as a suspect.
With the determination of the suspect, said Arief, the police immediately arrested and detained Bahar.
“Thus, investigators have been able to increase the legal status of brother BS and brother TR to be suspects,” said Arief at the West Java Police Headquarters, Bandung City, Monday night, as quoted Between.
Apart from Bahar, the West Java Regional Police also named a man with the initials TR as a suspect. TR is said to be the uploader of the YouTube video that ensnared Bahar.
Bahar and TR were charged with Article 14 paragraphs 1 and 2 of Law Number 1 of 1946 concerning Criminal Law Regulations in conjunction with Article 55 of the Criminal Code, and or Article 15 of Law Number 1 of 1946 concerning Criminal Law Regulations in conjunction with Article 55 of the Criminal Code, and or Article 28 paragraph 2 in conjunction with Article 45a of the ITE Law (Information and Electronic Transactions) in conjunction with Article 55 of the Criminal Code.
If convicted, Bahar and TR face up to five years or more in prison.
The determination of Bahar as a suspect was carried out by the West Java Regional Police after examining him as a witness on Monday afternoon.
Until 16.00 WIB, Bahar Smith was still being investigated by the West Java Police Ditreskrimum investigation team.
Bahar Smith’s supporters even filled the West Java Police Headquarters area located on Jalan Soekarno Hatta, Bandung, waiting for the results of the investigation.
Monitoring CNNIndonesia.com, hundreds were seen visiting the West Java Regional Police Headquarters since 11.00 WIB. The crowd was concentrated at the entrance to the regional police headquarters.
They brought several posters containing the messages ‘Indonesia is Peace Without Intimidation’ and ‘Ulamas are not your enemies’.
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