Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta
Updated: May 16, 2019 08:54 AM GMT
Indonesia's presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto gestures to supporters as he leaves a mosque after Friday prayers in Jakarta in this April 19 file Photo. One of the leading members of Subianto’s campaign team, Eggi Sudjana, has been arrested following a treason complaint filed against him. (Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP)
Indonesian police have arrested a leading member of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s campaign team for alleged treason.
Eggi Sudjana, a lawyer-turned politician for the pro-Islamic National Mandate Party (PAN), was formally arrested on May 14 following 13-hours of questioning at Jakarta police headquarters.
Sudjana was called in after a supporter of incumbent president Joko Widodo filed a police report against him in connection with a statement he gave on Election Day on April 17 while addressing a crowd outside Subianto’s Jakarta residence.
He allegedly encouraged Subianto’s supporters to use “people power” to overturn the presidential election results, which so far shows Widodo leading with 56.2 percent against Subianto’s 43.7 percent.
Subianto disputes unofficial counts and claims he took a 62 percent share of the vote.
Official results are due to be announced on May 22.
“He will be held for up to 20 days,” Jakarta police spokesperson Senior Commander Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono told ucanews.com via text message.
He said Sudjana was arrested after being uncooperative during questioning.
If charged and found guilty, Sudjana could face up to 20 years in prison.
Agustinus Pohan, a criminal law expert from the Catholic University of Parahyangan in the central Javanese city of Bandung said the manner of the arrest, namely during questioning, suggests a political motive.
He was echoing a view from Sudjana’s lawyer, Pitra Romadoni, who said the arrest during questioning was strange and that his client had not been uncooperative as claimed by police.