Jerinx detained in Jakarta, faces 6 six years in prison over violent threat case

I Gede Ari Astina, who is more popularly known as Jerinx or JRX. Photo: Facebook / SID
I Gede Ari Astina, who is more popularly known as Jerinx or JRX. Photo: Facebook / SID

Balinese musician Jerinx is now detained at the Jakarta Metro Police on charges of making a threat of violence against another man, and the punk rocker is facing a possible six years in prison just months after he served a controversial conviction for hate speech. 

In July, the 43-year-old became embroiled in yet another legal case after a man identified as AD said that the punk rocker had threatened to “step on his head on the sidewalk” online, after also accusing AD of hacking into his Instagram account.

The case has since been handled by authorities in Jakarta, who named Jerinx a suspect in the case in the following month. Jerinx, whose real name is I Gede Ari Astina, was detained by authorities yesterday, and now faces six years of imprisonment for the alleged crime. 

The musician was only released from prison in June after having served 10 months in prison 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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