TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Independent Journalist Alliance (AJI) deemed police’s arrest against Ananda Badudu to be erroneous and baseless as it does not have a strong legal standing.
Ananda, Banda Neira musician and former Tempo journalist, was nabbed by police for his role in mobilizing financial support for the students’ protest at the House of Representatives (DPR) via crowdfunding.
“This is because of a crowdfund, which was then spent collectively together. There is no reason for the Metro Jaya Police to arrest and legally process [Ananda],” said AJI’s head of advocacy Sasmito Madrim today, September 27.
“Not only it is weak, but [the arrest on Ananda is] legally baseless,” said Sasmito who also pressed Metro Jaya police to release Ananda.
The AJI member maintains that criminalizing a person for funding an event to express the public’s aspirations is a blatant misuse of a “rubber law” and degradation of democracy.
Sasmito, in representing AJI, highly urges National Police Chief Tito Karnavian to evaluate the Metro Jaya Police for unlawfully criminalizing human rights activists; Ananda Badudu and Dandhy Laksono.