Buni Yani, center, the man accused of uploading Jakarta Governor Ahok's 'blasphemy speech' video, is seeking assistance from the National Commission on Human Rights. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

Ahok's Accuser Buni Yani Seeks Assistance From Human Rights Commission

BY :BAYU MARHAENJATI & EKO PRASETYO

FEBRUARY 28, 2017

Jakarta. Police say Buni Yani, the man accused of uploading a heavily edited video of a speech by Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama that resulted in blasphemy allegations against him, has every right to report his case to the National Commission on Human Rights, or Komnas HAM, and the country's Ombudsman.

"He can do so. We've already sent the case file to the prosecutors last week," Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono said in Jakarta on Monday (27/02).

Buni and his defense team have met with officials from Komnas HAM and the Ombudsman to ask them to supervise the case, which they claimed has been beset with irregularities.

The former lecturer has also sent a letter to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to seek justice on a case he deemed as "discriminative and unfair."

Buni was charged in November last year with editing and sharing a video of a speech Ahok made on Pramuka Island in Jakarta's Thousand Islands district, in which the governor said nobody should manipulate verses from the Koran for political gain.

Buni is facing a six-year sentence or a Rp 1 billion ($75,000) fine according to the Electronic Transaction and Information Law.

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