Jakarta. Jakarta Police criminal investigation unit is processing a report filed by the Indonesian Catholic Students Association, or PMKRI, against Rizieq Shihab of the hardline group Islamic Defenders' Front.
A video showing Rizieq delivering a speech in Jakarta last month, which reportedly contained critical comments about Christmas celebrations, has been circulating on social media, prompting the PMKRI to file a police report against him for alleged blasphemy.
"The case is being probed. We have procedures here, we have to follow them first," Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono said on Friday (06/01).
He said the police investigators have so far questioned several witnesses.
According to PMKRI chairman Angelo Wake Kako, Rizieq has violated Article 156 on harassment and Article 156a on blasphemy of the Criminal Code and the Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE) Law.
Earlier, an interreligious youth organization known as Rumah Pelita reported Rizieq for alleged hate speech. Several watchdog organizations and experts have also called on the National Police to fast track their investigations against him.