Police Mull Restorative Justice Option in Sukmawati`s Case

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The National Police followed up reports against Sukmawati Soekarnoputri that were filed by a number of organizations over her provocative poem. Police said they were still trying to collect evidences, witnesses, and also expert witness.

On the other hand, police also considered restorative justice option in Sukmawati’s case. The investigator would decide whether the case could be solved without trial.

“There are some things that we have to observe, including the possibility to impose restorative justice, so the problem can be settled without trial,” said Setyo on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, the police would continue the legal process if the case met criminal elements. “So it will be investigated first, if it meets the criminal elements, we can process further, Setyo added.

Earlier, a number of reports of blasphemy allegedly committed by Sukmawati kept on rolling to the police. In West Java, GP Ansor filed a police report on Sukmawati on Tuesday.

At the same day, lawyer Denny Andrian Kusdayat, Hanura Party politician Amron Asyhari, and Islamic Defender Association also made reports to Jakarta Police over Sukmawati’s controversial poem. The next day, the Children’s Alliance of Nations (AAB) and Indonesia Islamic Student Movement’s (GMII) Legal Aid Agency also has made the same report.

After those reports, a group that called themselves as Alumni 212 also was said to report Sukmawati. Meanwhile, United Islamic Forum (FUIB) will file a police report against Sukmawati on Thursday (April 5).

Sukmawati has conveyed her apologize over her poetry titled “Ibu Indonesia” (Indonesian mother). She said there was no intention of insulting Indonesian Muslims through the poem that she was read.

“With all my heart, I apologize for all Muslims in Indonesia,” said Sukmawati Soekarnoputri in a press conference on Wednesday (April 4) 

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