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Pancasila Patriot Party reports the PRD to police

Tempo Interactive - January 27, 2004

Jakarta – On Tuesday January 27, the vice-chairperson of the Pancasila Patriot Party, Henry Yosodiningrat, reported the general chairperson of the People's Democratic Party (PRD), Yusuf Lakaseng to police.

According to Yosodiningrat, they reported the PRD over a statement which was carried by Kompas last Monday which included their party in a list of rotten parties.

"This is a slander against our good name, and we have asked the police to investigate the case thoroughly", Yosodiningrat told journalists at police headquarters. According to the PRD statement, the Pancasila Patriot Party has the potential to act repressively against the people.

"It was said that we have no program to respond to the problems of society. That is not true", explained Yosodiningrat.

After signing the police report, some 30 board members of the South Jakarta branch of the party who had accompanied Yosodiningrat then dispersed.

After having made the police report, they had planned to meet with the chief of the police to ensure that the case would be investigated straight away. It not known why, but plan was delayed and they decided to return to their respective branches.

[Translated by James Balowski.]