Police Name Cleric Bahar Smith as Suspect Over a Hoax Sermon

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  • In the midst of serving a sentence due to a case of harassment against a young man, Bahar bin Smith was again named a suspect in a case of alleged harassment against an online taxi driver on October 27, 2020. Bahar beat an online taxi driver because he suspected that the driver was flirting with Bahar's wife. In this case, Bahar was named a suspect and sentenced to 3 months in prison. ANTARA

    In the midst of serving a sentence due to a case of harassment against a young man, Bahar bin Smith was again named a suspect in a case of alleged harassment against an online taxi driver on October 27, 2020. Bahar beat an online taxi driver because he suspected that the driver was flirting with Bahar's wife. In this case, Bahar was named a suspect and sentenced to 3 months in prison. ANTARA

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe West Java Police special criminal investigation directorate on Monday has officially named Bahar Smith as suspect in a case involving alleged misinformation in one of the sermons he gave. 

    The controversial cleric had previously served a prison sentence at the Gunung Sindur special penitentiary over a hate speech sermon and was released early under an assimilation program.

    The special criminal investigation director Grand Commissioner Arief Rachman said investigators obtained two pieces of evidence that incriminated Bahar as a suspect, Antaranews reported.

    “Through this, investigators are able to increase the person’s legal status as suspects,” said Arief at the West Java Police headquarters on January 3. 

    According to police, Bahar was questioned by investigators for nearly 11 hours from Monday noon before his status as a suspect was made official just before midnight. He was immediately detained and jailed after his legal status was clear. 

    Police have also named another suspect in this case, which is the person who recorded the video about Bahar Smith’s sermon he gave on December 11, 2021. 

    Read: Alleged Child Abuser Bahar bin Smith Threatens President Jokowi

    ANTARA