An Australian man is going through greater than a yr behind bars for allegedly spitting within the face of an imam at an Indonesian mosque.
Brenton Craig Abbas Abdullah McArthur, 47, was arrested at Soekarno – Hatta Worldwide Airport earlier than he boarded a flight again to Australia on Friday evening, hours after the incident at Jami Al-Muhajir Mosque in West Java.
He denies the allegation.
In a press release, Bandung police chief Budi Sartono stated: “We instantly ask(ed) immigration to cease him and cancel him from leaving the nation. We instantly choose(ed) him up on the airport and (took) him to the Bandung Police Station for interrogation.”
The 47-year-old is charged with Articles 335 and 315 of the Felony Code, which regulate disagreeable acts and insults.
He might face a most sentence of 14 months in jail if convicted.
CTTV footage, which has since gone viral, reveals a person carrying a baseball cap getting into the mosque and speaking to the imam earlier than showing to spit in his face.
The imam flees as the person casually walks away.
Imam Muhammad Basri Anwar, 24, was reciting verses of the spiritual textual content utilizing a cell phone and a loudspeaker when the alleged incident happened.
The imam instructed an Indonesian information website that Mr McArthur was allegedly “disturbed” by the 3am recitation, which allegedly motivated him to interact in such a “disgraceful act”.
“When it is Holy Friday, there’s all the time Koran recitation. It appears he … felt disturbed,” he stated.
Mr McArthur was later arrested by police on the airport in Jakarta after video of the incident went viral on-line.
“We instantly ask(ed) immigration to cease him and cancel him from leaving the nation,” Bandung police chief Budi Sartono stated in a press release on Saturday.
“We instantly choose(ed) him up on the airport and (took) him to the Bandung Police Station for interrogation.”
It is understood Mr McArthur was staying at a resort subsequent to the mosque, which he checked out of on the identical day of the incident.
Nonetheless, no suggestion has been made that the self-proclaimed thinker was making an attempt to flee police, with studies saying he already had a ticket available for a flight again to Australia previous to the incident.
Regardless of his arrest, Mr McArthur denies any wrongdoing and has launched a press release to his Instagram account.
“Cease crying all of your racist tears,” the assertion accompanying a video of Mr McArthur reads.
“I’m a Muslim and that is only a racist, threatening a bule (foreigner) and laughing being a coward.”
A caption alongside the put up additionally added: “Span (sic) this along with your racist hate. I’m the sufferer, you shameless racist.”
The put up has since obtained backlash from infuriated locals, with some calling the alleged actions “uncivilised”.
“We do not care whether or not you’re Muslim or not,” one particular person stated. “It’s uncivilized and against the law. Respect us who dwell right here, earlier than you ask to be revered.”
“You declare to be Muslim however your habits does not replicate your self as a Muslim,” one other wrote.
A 3rd remark stated: “This nation is probably the most welcoming for foreigners, however not for the conceited, rude, and uncivilized individuals.”
A spokesperson for the Division of Overseas Affairs and Commerce (DFAT) stated it is prepared to supply “consular help” to Mr McArthur.
“Because of privateness obligations, we’re unable to supply additional data,” they stated.
The incident comes only a day after Brisbane tradie Bodhi Mani Risby-Jones’ arrest within the Indonesia province of Aceh, after being accused of happening a drunken rampage that noticed him allegedly making an attempt to grab a motorcycle whereas bare on Thursday.
Mr Risby-Jones instructed the ABC he felt “nearly possessed” after ingesting “only one shot” of vodka previous to the incident.
“It was not a very good feeling. I wasn’t myself. Usually I’m a really good man,” he stated.
Below Islamic legislation, the consumption and sale of alcohol is banned in Aceh with the 23-year-old now going through the prospect of spending time in an Indonesia jail.
He is also topic to 40 lashes with a cane, as it is a common punishment for such offenses.