Bali musician Jerinx released from prison after serving controversial sentence
Balinese musician Jerinx was released from Kerobokan prison this morning after serving his controversial hate speech sentence.
Jerinx, real name I Gede Ari Astina, was sentenced to 14 months in prison last November for hate speech, but his sentence was reduced to 10 months following an appeal. The 43-year-old had been arrested since August.
Also known as JRX, the Superman Is Dead drummer took to Instagram to share his freedom with his million followers, where he posted a photo with his wife, influencer Nora Alexandra.
The musician’s legion of fans have also celebrated his freedom on social media over the past few days, with the hashtags #WelcomeHomeJRXSID and #KamiBersamaJRX (we’re with JRX).
Nora’s Instagram stories show the couple immediately opted for a Balinese cleaning ritual, known locally as melukat, right after she picked him up from prison.
The media stormed Kerobokan this morning to report on Jerinx’s release, although he made no statement to the press.
“At this time, Jerinx will not speak to the media,” Wayan Gendo Suardana, Jerinx’s legal representative, told the media after his release, adding that the controversial figure will speak to the press at a later date.
Jerinx’s case has been a source of controversy throughout Indonesia since last June, when he accused the Indonesian Physicians’ Association (IDI) of being “lackeys” of the World Health Organization (WHO) on an Instagram post out of frustration that pregnant women are needed. undergo unreliable rapid tests for COVID-19 before childbirth.
The problem was compounded by the fact that Jerinx’s voice rejection against rapid testing coincided with his active sharing and endorsement of COVID-19 conspiracy theories on social media, including calls for people to stop wearing masks during the pandemic.