'We Don't Have Yudhoyono-Ma'ruf Phone Call Transcript,' Says Ahok's Lawyer


FEBRUARY 02, 2017

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama's lawyer, Sirra Prayuna, said on Thursday (02/02) that his team did not have the transcript of a phone call between former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council, or MUI, Ma'ruf Amin.

Sirra's statement came in response to Yudhoyono's complaint over an alleged wiretapping of his and Ma'ruf's conversation.

Yudhoyono called on the law enforcement institutions to investigate the case.

Sirra has denied being in possession of the call's transcript.

"It is impossible that we, lawyers, could resort to wiretapping. We are not a law enforcement agency that has authority to do so. We do not have the transcript of the conversation," he said.

He added that Ahok's lawyers did not refer to any particular document when they asked Ma'ruf about his conversation with Yudhoyono and only tried to confirm information.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Yudhoyono, who is also the chairman of the Democratic Party, said there was nothing sinister about the meeting between his son, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, who is Ahok's competitor in the upcoming gubernatorial election, and Ma'ruf on Oct. 7.

He also claimed that there were no face-to-face meetings or direct phone calls between himself and Ma'ruf, with regard to the MUI's edict against Ahok.