Jerry Duane Gray, a former member of the US Air Force who gained Indonesian citizenship in 2010, allegedly also spread false information about the presence of Chinese soldiers among police personnel deployed to maintain order during the May 22 rally. (Antara Photo/Noveradika)

West Jakarta Police Arrest Former US Soldier for Creating Fake News

BY :TELLY NATHALIA

MAY 29, 2019

Jakarta. The West Jakarta Police's cybercrime unit arrested a former member of the United States Air Force on Tuesday morning for allegedly fabricating information aimed at discrediting the government, a spokesman said.

In a video that went viral on social media, the suspect, Jerry Duane Gray, who became a naturalized Indonesian citizen in 2010, said the current government was dishonest and should be replaced by Prabowo Subianto, who was defeated in last month's presidential election.

The video was recorded by one of his friends, whom police are still trying to track down.

"Actually, the current conditions in Indonesia are so awful; there is a lot of fraud being committed by this regime. It is clear that there is a communist infiltration. The people of Indonesia, not only Muslims, must be united until this country is developed … until the name of the Indonesian president is Prabowo. The current one, he must resign," Gray said in the video, referring to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo

"For the sake of the Republic of Indonesia, he must step down soon, don't wait until October. It's too long," he added.

He allegedly also spread false information about the presence of Chinese soldiers among police personnel deployed to maintain order during the May 22 rally, Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Argo Yuwono said.

"Yes, he was arrested for [spreading] hatred and creating false news," Argo said.  

Gray arrived in Indonesia in 1985 and used to work as news cameraman for a national television channel. He was arrested in the Kembangan area of West Jakarta.

Argo said Gray was born in Germany and used to work in Saudi Arabia before moving to Indonesia.

The spokesman said the suspect was seen near the offices of the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) in Central Jakarta during last week's riots.

He was arrested for violating several articles of the Electronic Information and Transactions Law.

"He faces a penalty of up to 10 years' imprisonment," Argo said.

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