Jakarta police calls Jerinx in for questioning as suspect in alleged threat case

Jerinx was released from prison in June 2021 after having served his controversial conviction for hate speech. Photo: SID/Facebook
Jerinx was released from prison in June 2021 after having served his controversial conviction for hate speech. Photo: SID/Facebook

The Jakarta Metro Police is expecting Balinese musician Jerinx to fulfill an official summon today, with the 43-year-old having been named suspect in an ongoing investigation for allegedly threatening a man. 

“[He] has to come, this is now an investigation not an inquiry. That other time was an invitation,” Jakarta Metro Police spokesman, Yusri Yunus, said.

Jerinx, whose real name is I Gede Ari Astina, has been embroiled in yet another legal case since late last month. On July 26, he was called in for questioning by authorities in Jakarta with regards to an alleged threat against a man identified as AD. However, he was unable to travel to the capital due to “technical difficulties” related to his medical condition at the time, and so a police officer from Jakarta reportedly flew to Bali instead.

Yusri said Jerinx is now a suspect in the case. In accordance with Indonesian law, authorities will summon Jerinx a second time should he fail to meet the one scheduled for today. Failure to meet two consecutive summons, however, means that police can pick him up. 

A man named AD filed a report against Jerinx to the Jakarta Metro Police on July 10, alleging that the punk rocker had threatened to “step on his head on the sidewalk,” after also accusing AD of hacking into his Instagram account.

The culprit behind Jerinx’s hacked Instagram account has yet to be identified, but the 43-year-old has been actively using a second account, where he’s put up several posts this morning, though none include an update on his legal case. 

Jerinx was released from prison in June after having served his controversial conviction for hate speech. He was found guilty after accusing the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) of being “flunkeys” to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Instagram, which he claimed during trial was out of frustration that pregnant women had to undergo unreliable rapid tests for COVID-19 prior to delivery.

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