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Megawati questioned for five hours

Suara Pembaruan - February 21, 1997 (Abridged)

Megawati Sukarnoputri, accompanied by a team of sixty lawyers, responded to a police summons Thursday, two days after her husband Taufik Kiemas had been questioned by the police.

Hundreds of supporters wearing red tee-shirts had been waiting for two hours before her arrival. The courthouse was heavily guarded by security forces. While the questioning was under way, supporters outside yelled slogans of support and sang nationalist songs.

A lawyer who was with Megawati during the interrogation said she was presented with 52 questions to answer, all connected with the gathering held at her home on 10 January, the 24th anniversary of the PDI. The head of her team of lawyers, RO Tambunan, said the interrogation focused on two matters, the (lack of a) permit for meeting and the contents of the speech she delivered on the occasion. The lawyer said that under the law, the gathering was not unlawful.

A police official later said that the interrogation would continue on 3 March.