Jakarta Man Faces 15 Years Over Fake Bomb Threat
A man who reportedly texted a fake bomb threat to the National Police’s hotline was arrested on Wednesday.
Suhadi allegedly sent the National Police “1717” hotline a message on Tuesday reading, “Your boss’ office house in Patimura 10 will explode in ten minutes! All security guards should evacuate.”
Jakarta Police responding to the address arrived at the home of National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo.
There were no bombs at the residence.
Officers tracked Suhadi’s mobile phone to Jalan H. Suhaemi, in Sawangan, Depok. But by the time they arrived, the 47-year-old man had left for Parung, Bogor.
He was arrested in Bogor a short time later.
Suhadi allegedly told police he phoned several fake bomb threats to hotline numbers listed in Indonesian newspapers. He told police it was fun.
The South Jakarta resident had cut up the SIM card he used and flushed it down the toilet shortly after sending the message, police said.
Police charged him for breaking several articles in the Law on Anti-Terrorism.
“His maximum sentence is 15 years in prison,” National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said.