Jakarta. Former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono again took to social media on Tuesday (14/02) to respond to allegations that he was involved in the murder of businessman Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, for which former national antigraft chairman Antasari Azhar served time in prison.
Antasari previously named Yudhoyono as the mastermind behind Nasruddin's murder and alleged that he had been made the scapegoat.
The former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chief was released from prison recently after he was granted clemency by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
On his official Twitter account, @SBYudhoyono, the former president said he had foreseen everything that is happening now and that Jokowi had a political motive for granting Antasari clemency.
"What I have foreseen, has happened. It seemed that the clemency for Antasari has a political motive and that there is a mission to attack and discredit me," Yudhoyono said.
Yg saya perkirakan terjadi. Nampaknya grasi kpd Antasari punya motif politik & ada misi utk serang & diskreditkan saya (SBY) *SBY*— S. B. Yudhoyono (@SBYudhoyono) February 14, 2017
He also claimed that the accusation against him was related to this week's Jakarta gubernatorial election.
Satu hari sebelum pemungutan suara Pilkada Jakarta (saya duga direncanakan), Antasari lancarkan fitnah & tuduhan keji terhadap saya *SBY* — S. B. Yudhoyono (@SBYudhoyono) February 14, 2017
"One day before the Jakarta regional election [I suspect it has been planned], Antasari slandered and made vicious accusations against me."
The former president said he believes the accusation was made to prevent his son, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, and running mate Sylviana Murni from winning the election.
Tujuan penghancuran nama SBY oleh Antasari & para aktor di belakangnya ~ agar Agus-Sylvi kalah dlm pilkada besok, 15 Feb 2017. *SBY*— S. B. Yudhoyono (@SBYudhoyono) February 14, 2017
"The purpose of Antasari and all the actors behind him in destroying SBY's name is to cause Agus-Sylvi to lose in tomorrow's election, Feb. 15, 2017," he tweeted.
Yudhoyono also scheduled a press conference on the matter for Tuesday evening.
The police meanwhile said they will initiate a new investigation into the murder.