The Jakarta Post
The House of Representatives ethics council will coordinate with the police to confirm whether Herman Hery, an Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician and member of House Commission III, was behind an attack on a couple in South Jakarta.
“Because the case has been reported to the police, we will coordinate with them to check whether the perpetrator was a House member or not,” council head Sufmi Dasco Ahmad said on Friday as reported by kompas.com.
He said the council had tried to contact Herman when the news of the alleged assault came out, but Herman had yet to respond.
“[Herman] cannot be contacted yet,” Dasco said, adding that the council would handle the case if it was proven that Herman was behind the attack.
Previously, Ronny Yuniarto Kosasih filed a report with the South Jakarta Police on June 11 against Herman for allegedly assaulting him and his wife while he was being ticketed by police officers for driving in a Transjakarta bus lane on June 10 on Jl. Artieri Pondok Indah.
Herman’s lawyer, Petrus Selestinus, has denied the accusation and said his client was abroad on the day of the incident.
He confirmed that the Rolls-Royce, which the perpetrator was reportedly driving, belonged to Herman, but it was his client’s younger brother and his friends that were using the car on the day of the incident.
However, National Police traffic unit vehicle registration and identification director Brig. Gen. Halim Pagarra said the car belonged to a private company. (ami)