Superman Is Dead drummer Jerinx’s prison sentence for hate speech has been reduced from 14 months to 10 months.
The Indonesian musician was found guilty of hate speech against the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) in November after a trial that began in July last year.
The punk rock drummer (real name I Gede Ari Astina) had posted in June about IDI’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Jakarta Post reported, calling the association “flunkeys” of the World Health Organisation over its requirements for pregnant women to take COVID-19 tests before entering labour.
In early November, the case’s prosecutors sought for Jerinx a three-year prison sentence and a fine of Rp 10 million [US$685], in lieu of three months in prison.
Later that month, Jerinx was sentenced to 14 months in prison. The prosecutors then filed an appeal for a longer sentence on the basis that “the judges’ decision has not been a deterrent for the defendant or the public to be careful when using social media”. Jerinx’s defence team then filed a counter appeal.
The Denpasar District Court made a decision on the appeals on January 14 and announced yesterday (January 19) that while the musician is still guilty, his sentence has been reduced to 10 months and he will have to pay a fine of Rp 10 million.
Per a Coconuts Bali report, prosecutors have until tomorrow (January 21) to file an appeal if they disagree with Jerinx’s reduced sentence.