REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Police has examined 15 witnesses related to case involving Habib Bahar on alleged hate speech and insult to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi). There were 11 people and four expert witnesses in the examination.
“We have questioned criminal expert, forensic laboratory expert, hate speech and language expert,” said National Police spokesman Syahar Diantono on Monday.
According to Syahar, National Police has seized eight evidences related to the case. Based on those evidences, police concluded the viral video of Habib Bahar's lecture originated from an event dated January 8, 2017 at Ba’alawi Builiding in Palembang, South Sumatra.
National Police Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim) has summoned Habib Bahar to be examined on Monday (Dec 3). However, he failed to meet the summon scheduled.
In one of his lectures back in 2017, Habib Bahar allegedly spreaded hate speech against Jokowi. He said Jokowi as a traitor of the country and the people as the president did not respond to the ulemas request to meet during 411 rally on November 4, 2016.
The 411 rally was known as the Second Action to Defend Islam to call for the prosecution of then-Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok for blasphemy. Jokowi left the Palace and continued his agenda to review airport train railways project.
“If you meet Jokowi, you can open his pants, maybe he has menstruation because he seems like a sissy,” Habib Bahar said.
As a respond of his lecture, Habib Bahar was reported to National Police by Jokowi Mania Secretary General. In addition, the report also came from Cyber Indonesia Muannas Aladid to Jakarta Police.
“This is not a good criticism or lecture, if he wants to protest, please but don’t harass like that. It’s inappropriate for a person who called as habib or ulema,” said Muannas.
Habib Bahar allegedly violated Article 28 paragraph (2) and Article 45 A paragraph 2 Law No. 11/2008 as amended by Law No.19/2018 on Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE). In addition, he also allegedly violated Article 4 letter b number 2 and Article 16 Law No. 40/2008 on Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Article 207 Criminal Code (KUHP) with criminal penalties of more than five years in prison.