Jakarta – The lawyer of lawmaker Herman Hery, who has been under fire after being accused of beating up a couple in South Jakarta, said the victims have misidentified the perpetrator, as it was his client's brother involved in the incident on June 10.
Lawyer Petrus Selestinus said on Friday that Herman was not in the Rolls-Royce, which was identified by one of the victim's, Ronny Yuniarto Kosasih, when the assault happened.
Ronny said the car was behind his car when he was ticketed for driving in a Transjakarta bus lane on June 10 on Jl. Artieri Pondok Indah in South Jakarta.
Ronny said Herman got out of the Rolls-Royce and beat him up after he was ticketed. It was reported that Ronny questioned the police officers who did not ticket the Rolls-Royce driver.
"It is not true that Pak Herman Hery was the perpetrator of the assault. It was Pak Herman's younger brother and his friends that were in the car [when the incident occurred]," Petrus said as reported by kompas.com.
Ronny filed a report against Herman to the South Jakarta Police on June 11 for allegedly assaulting him and his wife. Petrus said the victim might have mistaken Herman as the perpetrator because of the Rolls-Royce's plate number.
"After we observed the news reports, [we think] the victim may have come to the conclusion that it was Pak Herman who assaulted him because the car's plate [belonged to Herman]," he said.
He said his client was in the United States when the incident happened. Petrus did not confirm whether there had been a discussion between Herman and his younger brother about the incident. (ami)