“Doctor Tompi is one of the people who save me, making me realize to stop my lie,” said Ratna in responding to the doctor’s testimony in South Jakarta District Court on Tuesday, April 23.
Ratna admitted she lied on being assaulted by unknown people in Bandung, and her bruised and swollen face was the effect of a post-operation. The activist first told the lie to her children and family which then the hoax developed and went viral on social media.
Tompi came to the court as a witness in the hearing for Ratna’s case. Through his Twitter account, Tompi said the bruised face of Ratna was caused by cosmetic surgery.
During the hearing, Tompi also admitted to almost believe in Ratna Sarumpaet’s lie before looking at the latter’s close-up photo on social media that displayed used symmetrical incision commonly caused by cosmetic surgery.