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Once foes, now friends: Ahmad Dhani appoints Farhat Abbas as legal advisor

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, December 21, 2016  /  01:43 pm
Once foes, now friends: Ahmad Dhani appoints Farhat Abbas as legal advisor

Ahmad Dhani ultimately realizes popularity does not guarantee electability ( Susanto Setiawan)

Musician Ahmad Dhani decided to band together with his ex-nemesis, lawyer Farhat Abbas, by appointing him as his legal advisor. This occurred following Dhani’s release early Saturday morning from the National Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) headquarters in Depok, West Java, as he remains a suspect for alleged defamation of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

Both Dhani and Farhat admitted that their personal 'war' was over. Farhat even admitted that he never intends to seek revenge on Dhani. “Revenge, it doesn’t exist,” he told “At the time when Dhani was arrested, he called me, ‘How are you? Are you happy hearing about it (the arrest)’?”.

The dispute between Dhani and Farhat began when Dhani’s youngest son Abdul Qodir Jaelani, better known as Dul, was involved in a traffic accident on kilometer 8 of the Jagorawi toll road back in 2013. Dul was named a suspect in the accident by the Jakarta Police.

(Read also: Musician Ahmad Dhani released, remains suspect)

Farhat then expressed his support for the accident’s victims and criticized Dhani’s intentions through controversial posts on his Twitter account, @farhatabbaslaw, which has been suspended. On Sept. 9, 2013, he tweeted, “the fairest sentence for Dhani is to marry all of the widows of the deceased victims. This is about people’s lives and the future of their children.”

Previously, Farhat also posted, “I’m concerned about Dhani’s intentions and promises to help finance the education of the victims’ children. I will only trust him if her marries their mothers.”

Dhani then filed a lawsuit against Farhat over defamation. Meanwhile, according to, Farhat also submitted a lawsuit against Dhani over the threat and challenge that was declared by Dhani’s sons El-Jalaludin Rumi (El) and Ahmad Al-Ghazali (Al) on a TV show.

Both of Dhani's sons challenged Farhat to a boxing match in defense of their father, while Al called Farhat a banci (Indonesian slang referring to an effeminate men) if he did not accept the challenge. Farhat’s lawyer Rakhmat Jaya stated that it caused his client to feel insulted and threatened. (wir/asw)