Buni Yani, pictured, is accused of slandering Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama by uploading an edited video in which the governor appeared to insult the Koran. (Antara Photo/Puspa Perwitasari)

Police Hand Over Buni Yani Case Dossier to Prosecutors


APRIL 10, 2017

Jakarta. Jakarta Police on Monday (10/04) handed over the case file against Buni Yani — the man who initially uploaded a video of a speech by Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama on Facebook and triggered the blasphemy allegations against him — to the Depok Prosecutors Office in West Java.

Buni, a former university lecturer, is accused of having uploaded a heavily edited video of a speech Ahok made on Pramuka Island in Jakarta's Thousand Islands district last year, in which the governor said nobody should manipulate verses from the Koran for political gain.


Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Argo Yuwono said police have transferred Buni's case file — including evidence against him — to the Depok Prosecutors Office for the court trial.

"We also handed over the suspect to the prosecutors," Argo told reporters at the Jakarta Police headquarters in South Jakarta.

Buni underwent a medical check-up at a police hospital before being transferred to the prosecutors, Argo added.

Buni’s lawyer Aldwin Rahardian said his client will co-operate with all legal processes demanded by the prosecutors.

It remains unclear whether or not the prosecutors will choose to detain Buni.

Investigators from the Jakarta Police's cybercrime unit named Buni a suspect on Nov. 23 for allegedly inciting public controversy involving race, religion, ethnicity and group affiliation.

Buni faces a six-year prison term or a Rp 1 billion ($75,000) fine if found guilty of having violated the Electronic Transaction and Information Law.