Police Arrest Three on Online Hate Crime Allegations


AUGUST 23, 2017

Jakarta. Three people have been arrested over allegations that they jointly administered Facebook groups that incited hatred based on race and religion, police said on Wednesday (23/08).

The Facebook groups, three of which were identified as "Saracen News," "Saracen Cyber Team" and "Saracennews.com," attracted more than 800,000 followers since they were set up in November last year.


Police arrested the three administrators in Koja, North Jakarta, Cianjur, West Java, and Pekanbaru, Riau, respectively, between late July and early August.

"Their posts tended to lead readers to have negative views toward certain communities," National Police cybercrime director Brig. Gen. Fadil Imran said in a statement. He added that the groups "were structured just like an organization in general."

He said the group's leader had attempted to deceive the authorities by repeatedly changing mobile phone numbers to register at least 11 email accounts and six Facebook accounts.

Police have charged the three suspects under the Electronic Information and Transactions Law. The group's leader could face up to seven years in prison if found guilty, while the other two could face 10 years.

Police confiscated seven mobile phones, four memory cards, 58 SIM cards, six flash disks, six hard disk drives and two computers.