Jakarta – House of Representatives Commission III member Herman Herry did not confirm whether he was involved in the beating of Ronny Kosasih Yuniarto and his wife on Jl. Arteri Pondok Indah, South Jakarta on June 10.
Herman's lawyer, Petrus Selestinus, said his client would report Ronny back to the police for defamation.
"Check thoroughly, cross-check with the police first, do not accuse people [of a crime] without evidence, okay?" the Indonesian Democratic party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician wrote on his WhatsApp message to tempo.co. on Thursday.
Herman later responded to the inquiry regarding his response to the alleged victim's incriminating statement. "Oh, is that so?" he responded.
On Thursday, Ronny Kosasih Yuniarto reported an assault that allegedly occurred on June 10 to the South Jakarta Police. "Yes, that's him," said Ronny at the South Jakarta Police after being shown a photo of Herman taken from a Wikidpr.org page.
Ronny said he and his wife was assaulted by Herman and his bodyguards, who believed to drive a Rolls-Royce behind Ronny at 9.30 p.m. on June 10, when a police officer ordered him to pull over since his car went to a Transjakarta lane. Herman and his bodyguards allegedly came out of the car and beat Ronny for unclear reason
Lawyer Petrus Selestinus said Herman did not commit the attack as well as drive on the street on June 10. Petrus said he believed Ronny had wrongly identified Herman. "We will report him back to the police for defaming Herman." (rfa/cal)