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 Ready to Finalize Blasphemy Video Case Against Buni Yani


NOVEMBER 25, 2016

Jakarta. The National Police's cybercrime unit will soon complete its investigation against Buni Yani, who was named a suspect for spreading malicious content on social media, which caused widespread public outrage.

Buni allegedly edited and shared a video of a speech Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama made on Pramuka Island in Jakarta's Thousand Islands district, in which he said nobody should manipulate verses from the Koran for political gain.


The video went viral and prompted several hardline Muslim groups to report Ahok to the police for blasphemy. It also served as justification for mass protest rallies in the capital, one of which resulted in a riot.

"We are completing the files and coordinating with prosecutors," Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Awi Setiyono said on Friday (25/11).

When asked whether investigators will summon Buni again, Awi said it was not likely to happen soon.

"It is sufficient for now. We will summon [him] again if more statements are needed," the spokesman said.

Buni was named a suspect on Wednesday after investigators found what they believe to be evidence that he had violated Article 28 of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.

If convicted, Buni can face up to six years in prison.