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Soenarko denies rifle possession, plan to seize Presidential Palace in May 22 rally

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 3, 2019   /  03:19 pm
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Police fire tear gas at protesters during a riot near the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jakarta on May 22.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The lawyer team of Maj. Gen. (ret) Soenarko, a former Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) commander who was arrested for alleged illegal rifle possession in a series of arrests related to the May 22 rally, has denied knowledge of the weapon and whether it would be used to attack the poll body and the Presidential Palace. The retired general was arrested by the National Police on May 20 for allegedly smuggling an M4 Carbine from Aceh and for allegedly giving instructions to besiege the General Elections Commission (KPU) building and the Presidential Palace on May 22, as shown in a viral video. Lawyer Ferry Firman Nurwahyu rejected allegations that his client was in possession of the rifle, claiming that the Army general had only known about an M16A1, another type of rifle similar to the M4 Carbine, that he had requested to be fixed while he was leading the Iskandar Muda...