Lombok rain shaman sues Twitter user for defamation for saying he failed to prevent downpour during Superbike race
A rain shaman in Lombok is on a quest to clear up his abilities as he reported a Twitter user to police after accusing him of failing to prevent the rain during the world championship of Superbike (WSBK) this weekend.
The rain shaman in question, Damai Santoso AKA Amaq Daud, claimed that he was never asked to perform his service during the WSBK race, which took place at the Mandalika circuit. The first of two races, which was scheduled for Saturday, was postponed for a day due to bad weather.
“The race organizer never asked me to be the rain shaman, but why is it [that the Twitter user] used my photo like I was the rain shaman for the race? And there were also some ridiculous words [against me]Damai said today.
A photo of Damai was posted online in connection with heavy rains during the grand prix, with at least one internet user accusing him of not doing his job. With Damai protecting his reputation, some of his family felt he was being slandered, encouraging him to press charges against the Twitter user.
Redho Rizki, a police officer in central Lombok, confirmed that authorities received Damai’s complaint, accusing the Twitter user of defamation.
“I hope the author will be found soon and apologize for what he posted [because] that’s not what really happened, ”the shaman said.
Under Indonesia’s controversial Electronic Information and Transaction Law (UU ITE), defamation is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.
Although there has never been scientific evidence to back up their claims, rain shamans are popular in Indonesia, as they are often hired by organizers to keep outdoor events dry.
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