Indonesian police to end uncertainty over Lady Gaga``s concert in Jakarta

Jakarta: Indonesian national police will terminate uncertainty over American pop diva Lady Gaga``s concert in the capital this week, police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said on Monday.

The spokesman said that officers had been studying all of the concert requirements, which promoter Big Daddy Entertainment had submitted. "We will announce our final decision this week," he was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

Although the Jakarta Police said that they would recommend the National Police not to issue a permit for the performance, slated on June 3 in Senayan, central Jakarta, the final decision will rest with the national body.

Under the country``s law, the National Police have the authority "to issue a permit for, and monitor activities, involving crowds".

The National Police had previously announced that they would follow the Jakarta Police``s recommendation, even though no official statement had been written.

Nevertheless, after meeting representative of Big Daddy, the National Police decided to study other permits, such as the authorization from the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, a concert permit from the Bung Karno Stadium office and a license from the Immigration Office.

The controversial diva, known for her over-the-top performances and eccentric fashion sense, has sparked protests, particularly from hard-line groups.

The singer is currently preparing for a performance in Manila in the Philippines, where she has been subject to similar protests from Christians.


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