Police detain man who reported Jokowi's son

Police detain man who reported Jokowi's son
Kaesang Pangarep, the youngest child of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
PHOTO: YouTube screengrab

Jakarta Police have detained over alleged hate speech Muhammad Hidayat, the man who reported President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's youngest son, Kaesang Pangarep.

Hidayat, who is already a suspect in the case before he reported Kaesang to the police, was held for the second time on Friday after he refused to answer questions from investigators.

He is alleged to have spread hate speech by uploading a video of a rally against former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, in which Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Mochammad Iriawan is seen ordering members of the Islam Defender's Front (FPI) to attack members of the Islamic Students Association (HMI).

Police said the footage, titled "Jakarta Police Chief provokes the Islam Defender's Front (FPI) to attack Islamic Students Association (HMI) members," was intended to discredit Iriawan.

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said on Saturday that Hidayat had been questioned since Friday.

"He didn't answer questions from the investigators," Argo said on Saturday. He will be detained until July 19.

Hidayat was previously detained right after the rally in November last year but later released due to his health condition.

On Friday night, Hidayat claimed he had been detained because he had reported Kaesang, who had called intolerant people "ndeso" (provincial or tacky) in a video.

Police have stopped the investigation against Kaesang due to a lack of evidence.

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