Prabowo Team Prepares 300 Lawyers to Assist Amien Rais

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    Amien Rais, Counsel Board Chief at National Mandate Party (PAN). TEMPO/iqbal lubis

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - National Campaign Team (BPN) of Prabowo Subianto - Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno pair has prepared more than 300 lawyers to assist National Mandate Party (PAN) Honorary Council chairman Amien Rais. He was scheduled to be examined related to activist Ratna Sarumpaet hoax case on Wednesday (Oct. 10).

    BPN Advocacy and Legal Agency member Habiburokhman  ensured that the number of lawyers who would accompany Amien will increase. According to him, his party has also prepared advocates to assist other figures who summon by National Police, such as Said Iqbal.

    “Amien will attend his summon on Wednesday (Oct. 10) and Said Iqbal on Tuesday (Oct 9)," he said on Monday (Oct. 8).

    Habiburokhman confirmed Amien was summoned by police as witness. He could not fulfill the summon on last Friday (Oct 4) due to administrative error in his summon.

    According to other member of BPN Advocacy and Legal Agency, Surya Imam Wahyudi, Jakarta Police has summoned Amien with the name Amin Rais. In fact, his right name is Muhammad Amien Rais.

    “The first summon for Amien had an administrative error, so he was not present,” Surya added.

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    Meanwhile, Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak, a spokesman of the campaign team endorsing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno, assessed National Mandate Party (PAN) Honorary Council chairman Amien Rais summon by Jakarta Police was an attempt of criminalization. Amien was summoned to be questioned related to activist Ratna Sarumpaet hoax case.

    In fact, Dahnil considered that Amien himself was a victim of the hoax case. Therefore, he was not surprising that many parties want to assist Amien summon by the authorities. He said that  a group that called themselves as Alumni 212 is ready to assist Amien who also former of People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker.

    “Amien doesn’t ask, but they (Alumni 212) wants to guard him,” said Dahnil on Monday (Oct. 8).

    Dahnil has considered Ratna hoax case is over. He said Ratna has admitted her action and was processed legally. Moreover, Ratna has been detained after being named as suspect by Jakarta Metro Police.

    Meanwhile, National Police spokesman Setyo Wasisto revealed the reason behind Amien Rais summon as witness in Ratna hoax case. According to him, Amien was summoned for clarification.

    “So don’t be afraid. Take it easy, it only for clarifying information received by investigators," Setyo said.

    Read also: 212 Alumni Brotherhood to Guard Amien Rais` Police Investigation

    The case began when Ratna who was one of spokepersons of Prabowo-Sandiaga campaign team decided to have cosmetic surgery on September 21 without any consent of her families. The next day, a picture of her with swollen face circulated on social media. To her families, she claimed it was a result of an assault happened in Bandung, West Java.

    She kept her secret for a week. Ratna also hide the truth from her politician friends, including Fadli Zon, Amien Rais and Prabowo. On October 2, Fadli created an uproar by tweeting about the assault.

    Later that night, Ratna met Prabowo and his national campaign team to talk about the incident. Prabowo then stood for her, saying he would met national police chief to discuss the case.

    According to chairwoman of the Prabowo-Sandiaga Uno campaign team, Nanik S. Deyang, the incident had taken place on Sept 21, near Husein Sastranegara International Airport. However, on October 3, police found out that Ratna had not been in Bandung that day, but at Jakarta hospital specializing in cosmetic surgery.

    Ratna then admitted to have lied. She said pictures of her swollen eyes that went viral were the result of liposuction and apologized to Prabowo and public for her deception.

    Jakarta Police arrested Ratna when she was about to take a flight to Chile at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten on Thursday (Oct 4). She was named as a suspect under Article 14 Law No. 1/1946 on criminal law regulations and Article 28 juncto Article 45 Law No. 11/2008 on Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE).