Former minister Roy Suryo detained for blasphemy
Jakarta. Former Youth and Sports Minister Roy Suryo was arrested by Jakarta police on Friday night, two weeks after he was named a suspect for alleged blasphemy related to his tweets about the Borobudur Buddhist temple.
Roy, who served as minister from 2013 to 2014 during Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s presidency, is also accused of fomenting public anxiety over the tweet containing an image of a Buddhist statue altered to resemble President Joko’s face. Widodo.
“Investigators have decided to hold Roy Suryo Motodiprojo as a suspect for spreading hate from tonight,” Jakarta police spokesman Chief Comr said. Endra Zulpan said at a press conference at his office.
According to the Code of Criminal Procedure, the police can detain a suspect for 20 days and request an extension if necessary.
Zulpan said Roy’s cell phone and Twitter account “have been seized” in the interest of the ongoing investigation.
The Democratic Party politician is charged under Section 156a of the Penal Code with blasphemy, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, in addition to the Electronic Information and Transactions Act for spreading false information using information technology.
Roy left the Jakarta police office in a wheelchair after being named a suspect on July 22 and arrived with a neck support during the following questioning a week later.
But last weekend he was seen taking part in an event organized by the Mercedes Car Owners Association in a suburb of Jakarta.
Police said the decision to detain him had nothing to do with the rally.
Roy, 54, was named as a suspect after a representative of the Buddha Nusantara Buddhist community filed a police complaint when his now-deleted post went viral suggesting the former minister offended the country’s Buddhist devotees.
Roy has since publicly apologized to the Buddhist community and said he had no intention of offending them.
He also said he was not the person who doctored the photo and reported the Twitter account that posted the original message to the police.