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Daughter of first Indonesian president arrested for treason

Indonesian Muslims gather to attend rally calling for the arrest of Jakarta's Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, who is accused of insulting the Quran, in Jakarta December 2, 2016. — Reuters pic
Indonesian Muslims gather to attend rally calling for the arrest of Jakarta's Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, who is accused of insulting the Quran, in Jakarta December 2, 2016. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — Jakarta police have detained Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, the daughter of Sukarno, the country’s first president.

According to her lawyer, Rachmawati was arrested for alleged treason.

“Yes, she was arrested. The police went to her home around 5am and arrested her at 6am,” lawyer Aldwin Rahardian was quoted as saying by kompas.com.

In a separate report by the Jakarta Post, eight other people were also arrested for alleged treason ahead of a mass rally to demand that Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama be arrested for blasphemy.

Tens of thousands of Muslims flooded the streets of Jakarta today to protest against the governor, a Christian Chinese, over alleged insults he made regarding the Quran, Islam’s holy book.

At least 22,000 police officers have been deployed to maintain security, according to a Reuters report.

Jakarta police previously warned the public not to participate in today’s rally, saying it may be punishable under treason laws that could attract the death penalty.

The outrage over comments by the governor commonly called “Ahok” has triggered renewed concerns over possible ethnic and religious violence in the country, which last experienced a race riot in 1998 ahead of Suharto’s fall as president.

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