Amien Rais, head of the honorary council of the National Mandate Party (PAN), arrives at the headquarters of the Jakarta Police on Friday for questioning as a witness in the treason case against government critic Eggi Sudjana. (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)

Amien Rais No Longer a Professor at Gajah Mada University

BY : BAYU MARHAENJATI & TELLY NATHALIA

MAY 25, 2019

Jakarta. Gajah Mada University in Yogyakarta distanced itself from Amien Rais's political activities on Friday and stated that the academic-turned-politician was no longer a professor at the state-run institution.

"He has retired. So his academic title as professor was removed," said Koentjoro, head of the university's professorial board, as quoted by Mediacom.id.

Amien, who heads the honorary council of the National Mandate Party (PAN), was reported to police for treason after he made a statement allegedly urging presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto to launch "people power," or mass protests, against the government led by Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

Police questioned him as a witness on Friday in the case against government critic Eggi Sudjana, who is accused of treason for encouraging Prabowo supporters to embark on mass action, based on Amien's call.

Amien said he was asked 37 questions at the Jakarta Police headquarters.

"What I have been developing is actually 'light' people's power. It is not like a people's power [movement] that seeks regime change or the toppling of the president in the middle of his term," Amien told reporters after the questioning session.

Gajah Mada University chancellor Panut Mulyono meanwhile also said Amien was no longer with the institution and that all his actions were in his personal capacity.

Amien graduated from the university's international relations faculty in 1962. He was a professor in social and political sciences at his alma mater.

The university did not say when Amien retired.

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