Jakarta. The first session of the trial of Buni Yani, the man accused of uploading a heavily edited video to social media of a speech by Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama that resulted in blasphemy charges against the former Jakarta governor, took place in the Bandung District Court in West Java on Tuesday (13/06).
Buni said he will challenge the indictment, which accuses him of knowingly spreading the video containing a section many consider to be insulting of the Koran. He added that he would convey his objection during the next hearing.
State prosecutor Andi M. Taufik accused Buni of violating Article 32 of the 2011 Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE) Law.
The law prescribes penalties for anyone found guilty of intentionally making changes, hiding or transmitting electronic information or documents belonging to other parties.
"I don't understand what the indictment is talking about. I have never been investigated regarding Article 32," Buni said.
His lawyer, Aldwin Rahadian, added: "There are six points we criticize and we will propose as an exception."
Prosecutors also indicted him for violating Article 28 of the law by inciting hatred or hostility towards an individual and/or group of people based on ethnicity, religion, race or social background.
Buni said the case against him had lost its legal basis after the North Jakarta District Court found Ahok guilty of blasphemy.
"What I said was not false or defamatory. He has been imprisoned. Hence, I should be freed," Buni said.
At least 50 members of the West Java Islamic Movement Alliance participated in a rally outside the court building, urging the judges to set Buni free.
The trial will continue on Tuesday next week when it will hear the defendant's objections.