Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama has apologized to the public for quoting a verse from the Holy Quran during a speech in Kepulauan Seribu, off the north coast of Jakarta, last week. A heavily edited video of the speech had drawn widespread protest, such as this one in Palu, Central Sulawesi, on Sunday (09/10). (Antara Photo/Basri Marzuki)

Ahok Attends Police Questioning in Blasphemy Case


NOVEMBER 07, 2016

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama arrived at the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta early Monday morning (07/11) for questioning in a high profile blasphemy investigation.

Basuki arrived at National Police headquarters at 8.15 a.m. and entered without addressing media, state-run Antara news agency reported. He was scheduled to be questioned at 9.00 a.m.

Ruhut Sitompul, a spokesman for Basuki's election campaign, said Basuki had attended following a summons issued by the National Police criminal investigation unit (Bareskrim) chief Comr. Gen. Ari. Dono.

"We want to clear out the case in which case there was no blasphemy," he said.

Bareskrim questioned 22 witnesses before summoning Basuki, including high-profile cleric of Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), Rizieq Shihab.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Friday said the legal proceedings to thein blasphemy allegations against Basuki will be "firm, quick and transparent."

National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian also promised the case deliberation will be broadcast live so public can watch live, offering a higher degree of transparency to similar proceedings.