"All those who tested positive for Covid-19 and received have since been cured after taking the herbal ‘antibody’.”
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The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) and the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) disavowed Hadi’s claims.
The former claimed that Hadi is not in their database, while the latter said he did not register his herbal cure with them.
But Anji defended his decision to interview Hadi on the YouTube video, which was uploaded last Friday.
“I did not give a forum to somebody of doubtful credibility,” said the musician, who is best known for his hit "Dia" (Her). “I only gave a voice for alternative viewpoints.”
In the video, Hadi claimed to be a professor of microbiology at an unnamed university. He later rescinded the claim.
YouTube removed the video on Sunday, citing it as "inappropriate content."
If prosecuted and found guilty, Anji and Hadi face up to 10 years in jail under Indonesia’s Information and Electronic Transaction laws.
(Writers : Muhammad Isa Bustomi, Rakhmat Nur Hakim, Irfan Kamil, Dandy Bayu Bramasta, Nur Fitriatus Shalihah | Editors: Egidius Patnistik, Fabian Januarius Kuwado, Inggried Dwi Wedhaswary)