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Jakarta Post

Ahmad Dhani'€™s son has driven since 6th grade, say police

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 22, 2013   /  09:59 pm

City police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said Abdul Qadir Jaelani, alias Dul, the youngest son of musicians Ahmad Dhani and Maia Estianty, had been able to drive a car since he was a sixth grader in elementary school.

'€œHe learned to drive from his friends, who were possibly older than him and who had cars. Since then, he started to try driving,'€ said Rikwanto in Jakarta on Tuesday, as quoted by Antara news agency.

Dul was named a suspect in a fatal crash on the Jagorawi toll road that killed seven people.

According to Rikwanto, Dhani was fully aware his son could drive. '€œDhani did not allow his son to drive, however, so he provided him with a driver,'€ he said.

Rikwanto said investigators from the Jakarta Police'€™s traffic directorate had questioned Dul at his home in Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, on Monday afternoon. He said the officers asked 21 questions to the 13-year-old.

Dul admitted to the investigators that before the incident, he had lost concentration and control of his vehicle.

'€œAround four kilometers after leaving the Cibubur toll gate, AQJ [Abdul Qadir Jaelani] admitted he had been warned by his friend, Nauval, that there was a car in front of them. He later turned his steering wheel sharply to the right, hitting a Daihatsu Gran Max that was heading in the opposite direction,'€ said Rikwanto.

'€œIn line with the 2002 Child Protection Law, the investigators did not wear official uniforms,'€ Rikwanto carried on.

'€œThe questioning was carried out by five investigators, accompanied by three officials from the Correctional Agency, AQJ and Ahmad Dhani'€™s lawyers.'€ (ebf)