Indonesian military demotes officers after spouses post negative comment on FB

Bernama

JAKARTA: The Indonesian military has taken disciplinary action against two of its personnel after their wives posted controversial comments with regard to the stabbing of the country’s minister in charge of security, on Thursday.

According to local media, their wives’ actions were also reported to the police for violating the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.

Indonesian Army Chief of Staff, Andika Perkasa, said that the women made negative posts regarding Minister of Political Coordinators, Law and Security, Wiranto.

“We will take this with the court,” Andika was quoted as saying by local media today.

He said military sanctions would also be imposed on the personnel, including being detained for 14 days and suspension.

The suspect held pending investigations. Photo: Bernama

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Air Force has also reported the wife of one of their personnel to the police for making a negative statement about Wiranto.

In a Facebook posting on Thursday, the officer’s wife questioned whether the attack on Wiranto may have been staged to distract the public before the inauguration of President Joko Widodo for a second term on Oct. 20.

“This is probably only drama created by Wir (Wiranto) … to divert public attention before the inauguration, but if it was a real stabbing, I hope the stabber would be safe from police brutality and pray that the one who was stabbed will die soon,” she wrote in the post, displayed on the Air Force’s website.

On Thursday, Wiranto, 72, a former military commander, was stabbed in the stomach by a man allegedly affiliated with a homegrown terrorist group, when he arrived to officiate a university building at Pandeglang, Banten in Java Island. – Bernama

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