Police Reveal the Current Condition of Yahya Waloni

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1NEWS, The Head of Medical Services and Treatment of the Police Hospital, Kombes Yayok Witarto, stated that the condition of the suspect in the alleged blasphemy case, Yahya Waloni, was starting to improve. Yahya was rushed to the hospital on Friday (27/8/2021).

“The condition in question is relatively better today,” said the Head of Medical Services and Treatment of the Police Hospital, Kombes Yayok Witarto in his statement, Saturday (28/8/2021).

Meanwhile, the Head of the Public Information Bureau (Karopenmas) of the Public Relations Division of the National Police Brigadier General Pol Rusdi Hartono ensured that the legal process against Yahya was still ongoing, even though he was being treated for illness. It is known, Yahya Waloni had an enlarged heart.

“We will treat it until it heals, later after it is healthy the investigator will continue the process,” said Rusdi at the Police Public Relations Division Building, South Jakarta, Friday (27/8/2021) night.

For your information, the Criminal Investigation Agency (Bareskrim) of the National Police has named preacher Yahya Waloni as a suspect in the alleged blasphemy case after being arrested in the Cibubur area on Thursday (26/8/2021).

“The person concerned is suspected of several articles,” said the Head of the Public Information Bureau (Karopenmas) of the National Police, Brigadier General Rusdi Hartono, Friday (27/8/2021).

Brigadier General Rusdi said the suspect was identified after investigators conducted a series of examinations and clarifications on the contents of lectures spread on social media.

In this case, he was charged with multi-layered articles ranging from the Electronic Information and Transactions Law (ITE) related to hate speech, to the article on blasphemy.

Rusdi explained that the articles attached to Yahya Waloni were Article 28 paragraph (2) in conjunction with Article 45a paragraph (2) of the ITE Law or Article 156a of the Criminal Code.

“The person concerned was reported to have committed a crime, namely in the form of hate speech based on SARA and also blasphemy against a certain religion,” added Rusdi.

Yahya Waloni was arrested on Thursday (26/8/2021) at around 17.00 WIB, at Permata Housing, Dragon Cluster, Cileungsi, Bogor Regency, West Java.

The basis for Yahya’s arrest was based on Police Report Number 0287/IV/2021/BareskrimPolri, April 27, 2021. Yahya was reported for having committed a criminal act, namely in the form of hate speech based on ethnicity, religion, race, and intergroup (SARA) as well as blasphemy against religion certain through lectures uploaded to videos on Tri Datu’s YouTube account.

From the actions he had committed, Yahya was charged with several articles, including the article in the Electronic Information and Transaction Law (UU ITE) Article 28 paragraph (2) in conjunction with Article 45a paragraph (2) in which the article stipulates that intentionally and it is illegal to spread information that will cause hostility, hatred based on SARA.

Then, Article 156 letter a of the Criminal Code is also accused of committing blasphemy against a certain religion. Yahya Waloni is threatened with imprisonment for six years. []

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