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Head of Jakarta police: Megawati to be question next Thursday

Kompas - February 19, 1997

Jakarta – The head of the Jakarta Police, Maj-Gen Hamami Nata has said Megawati Sukarnoputri will be questioned as a witness by police this Thursday (February 20).

"If she doesn't appear for this second request, she will be called in a third time. If she doesn't turn up, she will be 'met' by police" he said on February 18.

"We have already asked for help from the parliament (DPR/MPR) saying that the law is a product of the DPR and must be respected by members of the DPR.

Yesterday, Taufik Kiemas [Megawati's husband who was also summoned ] finally arrived after being summoned a second time and was questioned for 7 hours with a one hour break.

Both are being questioned with regard to a meeting held at Megawati's house last January 10 to celebrate the PDI's 24th anniversary which according to police was a "political meeting" adding that there were "political speeches".

Taufik was accompanied by 20 lawyers from the Indonesian Democracy Defense Team (Tim Pembela Demokrasi Indonesia, TPDI) and during the questioning by four of them: Kaspudin Noor, Didi Suprianto, Try Medya Panjaitan, and Max Lamuda. He answered 27 questions. Before his arrival, scores of Megawati supporters with banners gathered in front of the police station.

According to Try Medya Panjaitan SH, the interrogation was not completed on the Tuesday saying "in total there are 50 questions but he has only answered 27. Taufik will be question again on February 27".