Buni Yani, right, who allegedly edited Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama's so-called 'blasphemy video,' appeared before police investigators on Thursday (10/11). (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

Facebook User Interrogated by Police Over Ahok's Alleged Blasphemy


NOVEMBER 10, 2016

Jakarta. Buni Yani, a Facebook user who allegedly edited a video of a speech by Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama to make it look like the governor had insulted the Quran, appeared before police investigators on Thursday (10/11) as a witness in Ahok's alleged blasphemy case.

Buni and his lawyer Aldwin Rahadian arrived at the National Police's criminal investigation unit, or Bareskrim, headquarters in Central Jakarta this morning at 09.25 a.m.

"I am ready to be questioned," Buni told reporters before entering the Bareskrim office.

The video — in which Ahok said that no one should manipulate verses from the Quran for political gain — was reportedly edited by Buni to show the governor discrediting a verse from the holy book during a meeting with residents at Pramuka Island, off the north coast of Jakarta.


Aldwin said his client had admitted to misquoting the governor's speech in a Facebook post, making it look as if the governor had told Pramuka Island residents that "You've been lied to by the 51st verse of the [Quran's] Al-Maidah chapter" instead of what he actually said, "You've been lied to by [people] misquoting the 51st verse of the Al-Maidah."

The police said Buni, a university lecturer, will be questioned to explain why he had uploaded the edited video to social media, which angered many Muslim groups.