Friday, December 2, 2016

Activists Arrested for Alleged Treason May Face Life Sentence


Ten high-profile activists detained by the police for alleged treason on Friday morning (02/12) are still being interrogated in Depok, West Java, and may face a life sentence for their troubles. The police have arrested rock star Ahmad Dhani, politician Eko Suryo, former military generals Adityawarman and Kivlan Zein, first President Sukarno's daughter Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, theater director and activist Ratna Sarumpaet, activist Sri Bintang Pamungkas and three other men, Jamran, Rizal Kobar and Firza Husein.

The police suspect the activists were planning to take advantage of Friday's mass prayer-cum-protest to storm the Parliament House in Senayan and demand a special plenary meeting to revoke the fourth amendment of the 1945 Constitution and return it to its original version.

Eight of the activists were detained on suspicions of treason and may be charged with violating Article 107 of Indonesia's Criminal Code on act of treason against the government, Article 110 on conspiracy to commit crime and Article 87 on premeditated intent.

Violation of the above laws carries at least a 20-year prison term and a maximum of life in prison.

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