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Police Arrest C. Java Teacher for Threatening Minister Via Text Message


MARCH 10, 2016

Jakarta. Police have arrested a teacher in Central Java for allegedly sending threatening text messages to Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Yuddy Chrisnandi.

Thirty-eight-year-old Mashudi, a teacher at a senior high school in Brebes district, repeatedly threatened the minister between December and February to his personal number, police said.

Yuddi's personal secretary Reza Pahlevi then filed a police report against Mashudi in late February, resulting in the latter's arrest in early March.

"The perpetrator did this because the victim did not promote him to become a permanent employee," Sr. Comr. Mohammad Iqbal, spokesman for the Jakarta Police, said late on Wednesday (09/03).

Iqbal did not elaborate on the messages, but said the threats were "serious."

From the perpetrator, police seized evidence comprising a cellphone and two SIM cards.

The teacher has been charged under the Electronic Information and Transactions Law, as well as the Criminal Code, and could face up to nine years in prison if found guilty.