en.tempo.co reports Ferdian Paleka briefly evaded arrest but was eventually arrested by the Bandung Police early Friday, May 8, at the Tangerang – Merak toll road.
The Youtuber’s fate was sealed after he, along with two other fellow content creators, produced a video that sparked public outrage where he distributed boxes, concealed as staple foods for social assistance, which were actually filled with bricks and trash to a transgender group in Bandung.
Police were involved in brief cat-and-mouse with the Youtuber after the first attempted arrest on him at Bogor turned out to be a false lead. The fugitive’s car that police tracked at the time was intentionally driven by Ferdian Paleka’s father and relative to deceive authorities.
According to a previous announcement by the Bandung Police Chief Sr. Commissioner Ulung Sampurna Jaya suggests that Ferdian Paleka and his two associates involved in the Youtube “prank” will be charged under the Information and Electronic Transactions Law (UU ITE) and face imprisonment up to 12 years.
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His arrest was documented by Muhammad Gariz Luis Ma’luf, who shared a photo of Ferdian at a police station sat with both hands cuffed and wrote a caption in one of the images slides that read; “End of the hunt for a garbage Youtuber.”