Jakarta. National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said the police have never intercepted any conversation by former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
"We've never wiretapped SBY," Tito said on Saturday (04/01), referring to the former president by his popular nickname.
Tito said he is more than ready to explain the issue further if demanded by the House of Representatives' Commission III.
"Not a problem if they summon me," he added.
The police chief is actually scheduled for a routine meet-up with the Commission III soon.
One of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama's defense lawyers in his blasphemy trial had claimed that the former president was trying to exert undue influence on the MUI chairman to issue a fatwa against Ahok.
Yudhoyono had said that illegal wiretapping was a serious crime and that someone needs to be punished if that had happened to him.
The allegation was immediately denied by the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) in an official statement on Thursday.
Yudhoyono's son, Agus Harimurti, is contesting the Jakarta governorship against Ahok and former education minister Anies Baswedan.