Defense Minister's Dilemma on Kivlan Zen's Case



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  • Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu. TEMPO/Subekti

    Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu. TEMPO/Subekti

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu admitted that he was eager to help a fellow military member and junior who is currently incriminated in a legal case, Kivlan Zen.

    The assistance was related to the legal protection and detention suspension guarantee requested by Kivlan Zen. However, Ryamizard said he must think twice before assisting the retired army general. 

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    “It’s not that I don’t want to help him, because I am a person who always assists a fellow soldier. I have violated laws to support a soldier. But this is an issue about politics and it has made me think. My staff members suggested that I mull over my intentions [to help Kivlan,” he said on Friday.

    Ryamizard is mainly worried that his good intentions would backfire against him, so he decided to leave the entire legal proceedings of Kivlan to the police. 

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    “This is a matter of politics. It would be dangerous if it backfired on me. Better to let it be solved according to the procedures,” he said.