No Wiretapping on Yudhoyono: Police Chief

Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono with his wife Ani Yudhoyono leave the Presidential Palace for the last time. (Antara Photo/Prasetyo Utomo)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 2:14 PM February 04, 2017
Category : News, Jakarta, Politics, Featured

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.

Previously, Yudhoyono had demanded justice after news came out that tapes of a phone conversation between him and Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Chairman Ma'ruf Amin had been leaked.

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.

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