Police officers confront Persija supporters, known as Jakmania, during the riot that broke out at the Torabika Soccer Championship match between the local side and Sriwijaya at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Friday night (24/06). (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)

Police Name Another Suspect in Jakarta Football Riot


JUNE 28, 2016

Jakarta. The police have named another suspect in last week's riot by Persija Jakarta football club supporters at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, which resulted in property damage and several officers sustaining injuries.

"There are currently eight suspects implicated in the riot at the stadium," Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Awi Setiyono said Tuesday (28/06).

Three of the suspects are facing criminal charges that could see them imprisoned for up to five years if found guilty.

"Two suspects, J. alias Oboy, and M., allegedly assaulted Brig. Yudhawan, while R. is implicated in the destruction of a police vehicle and assaulting police officers," Awi said.

Another five suspects are accused of having engaged in serious hate speech on social media, as the Jakarta Police cybercrime sub-directorate revised the list of suspects to five, from six previously.

"After an in-depth investigation, there are only five [suspects]. S. is the parent of M. F. and was not proven guilty," Awi said. He added that one of the suspects, A. F., is still underage.

The suspects are between 16 and 28 years old.

Friday's incident began when Persija supporters, widely known as Jakmania, invaded the pitch after Sriwijaya scored a goal around 10 minutes before the end of the match.

Persija fans then proceeded to pelt police with various objects, prompting officers to fire tear gas in an effort to disperse them.

In the ensuing riots that erupted outside the stadium, injuring six officers. One is still in critical condition in hospital. The rioting football supporters also damaged gates, two police cars and five motorcycles.