Jakarta | Mon, November 14, 2016 |
Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has said he will accept whatever result the police come to in their investigation into his allegedly blasphemous remarks.
“I believe the police are professional. Whatever the police decide, I will accept it, even if I am named a suspect,” Ahok said during an event at his campaign team headquarters in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Monday.
The governor further said that he hoped that if the police named him a suspect, they would deliver his case to the court immediately.
“I hope the case can be immediately handled, where people can witness a live trial [from television]. I believe I’m not guilty,” he said.
Ahok has apologized to the public, especially to Muslims, for sparking off anger by citing Surah Al Maidah: 51 during a visit to Thousand Islands regency in September. He said he had never intended to insult either the Quran or the ulema.
Responding to the open case screening at the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) scheduled for Tuesday, Ahok said he had not yet decided whether or not he would attend.
“I don’t know. I haven’t received any notice about the screening,” he said. (JP)