Cleric's Son Faces Sexual Violence Charges



Mahinda Arkyasa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The East Java Police issued a most-wanted list which includes a person identified as 'MSA' who is the son of a cleric in Jombang that faces charges for allegedly committing sexual violence against a santriwati (a female Islamic boarding school student).

    "We will act forcefully against MSA as he failed to appear on a number of summons," said the East Java Police's general crime unit Director Commissioner Totok Suharyanto on Friday, January 14, 2022. 

    Suharyanto explained that judicial facts concerning the sexual violation case have been declared as complete by the prosecutor's office on January 4, 2022. 

    "We are required to hand over the suspect along with pieces of evidence to the prosecutor," Totok said. 

    The suspect failed to fulfill the first police summons due to health conditions and asked for an extension until January 10, 2022. However, the suspect failed to appear again and this time with no explanation.

    Investigators had also attempted to detain the suspect up at his house located in an Islamic boarding school (Pesantren) in Jombang but the suspect was not present there. This has led the police to issue a most wanted list on the suspect. 

    MSA once filed a lawsuit against the East Java Police under the argument that his suspect naming in the sexual violence case was invalid and demanded financial compensation on November 23, 2021.