TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The South Jakarta District Court sentenced today musician Ahmad Dhani to 18 months’ imprisonment in a hate speech case. The sentence was lower than the prosecutor’s demand of two years behind bars.
According to judge Ratmoho, who read out the sentence, Ahmad Dhani was found guilty of deliberately spreading information meant to create hate or spark hostility among members of the society based on a certain ethnicity, religion, and race—otherwise known as SARA.
Ahmad Dhani was named a suspect following a police report lodged by Jack Lapian on March 9, 2017. Jack is known as the founder of BTP network and an avid supporter of former Jakarta governor Basuki “BTP” Tjahaja Purnama during the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election.
Jack reported three of Ahmad Dhani’s tweets on the musician’s personal Twitter account that he deemed as hate speech.
Responding to the sentence, Ahmad Dhani said it was a path he must take and he believed that it would give a positive impact on his future.