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Jakarta Police take charge of assault case against lawmaker

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 28, 2018   /   03:21 pm
Jakarta Police take charge of assault case against lawmaker Lawmaker Herman Hery from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) speaks to reporters. (Tribunnews Bogor/Fabian Januarius Kuwado)

The South Jakarta Police have handed over to the Jakarta Police an assault case implicating Herman Hery, after Ronny Yuniarto Kosasih filed a police report against the lawmaker for allegedly attacking him and his wife earlier this month.

Jakarta Police spokesman Comr. Argo Yuwono said on Thursday that the Jakarta Police would continue the investigation into the case, because “[we] have more human resources to handle the case than the South Jakarta Police.”

Argo said the handover was done on Tuesday, kompas.com reported.

Ronny filed a report with the South Jakarta Police on June 11 against Herman, a House of Representatives Commission III member from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), for allegedly assaulting him and his wife while he was being ticketed by police officers for driving in a Transjakarta bus lane on Jl. Arteri Pondok Indah on June 10.

Herman’s lawyer Petrus Selestinus, denied the accusation and said his client had been abroad on the day of the incident.

He confirmed that the Rolls-Royce, which the alleged perpetrator had been driving, belonged to Herman, but said it had been his client’s younger brother and his friends who were using the car on the day of the incident.

House ethics council head Sufmi Dasco Ahmad said he would coordinate with police to confirm whether or not Herman was behind the attack.

On Monday, the South Jakarta Police questioned Ronny as a witness case, and said his wife and a domestic helper would be questioned at a later date. (ami)