Police Aims to Complete Ahok’s Case Files in Three Weeks

Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama has played down a boycott threat from several city councilors over his return to the office. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

By : Farouk Arnaz | on 5:23 PM November 17, 2016
Category : News, Crime, Jakarta, Politics

Jakarta. As many as 27 investigators will handle the alleged blasphemy case against Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama — who was named a suspect on Wednesday (16/11) — and are now already hard at work completing the case files.

"We're compiling documents for the case dossier. We aim to submit it [to the prosecutors] in three weeks. The dossier will include the results of Ahok’s interrogation [after he was declared a suspect]. But I have not been informed when Ahok will be questioned," National Police spokesman Gen. Insp. Boy Rafli Amar said in Jakarta on Thursday.

The case has so far involved 29 witnesses brought forward by the plaintiffs, the defendant Ahok and other parties deemed to have relevant information.

There are also the 39 expert witnesses, including from the police, comprising experts in criminal law, language, religious studies, psychology, anthropology and digital forensic.

"We're summoning them back since not all of their statements have been written in the right format for this stage of the investigation," Boy said.

The police have also sent a letter to the Immigration Office asking them to ban Ahok from leaving the country.

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