JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian National Police have named former Army general Kivlan Zen as a suspect in a treason case related to the “people power”, said the spokesman today. While 458 peoples has been arrested after Jakarta’ riots in may 21 – 22.

“Yes, his already been named a suspect,” National Police spokesperson Dedi Prasetyo confirmed on Monday (05/27) night by adding the police also had arrested six individuals who were allegedly involved in a plot to use the riots as cover to assassinate four “state officials”.

Zen was reported to the police for violating the Criminal Code articles on treason and spreading false news by a Serang, Banten resident named Jalaludin. He was subsequently blocked from leaving the country and interrogated by police for 14 hours on May 13.

The former general — who once served as two-time opposition presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’ adjutant in the Army Strategic Command before retiring as the corps chief of staff — was first reported to the police for treason and spreading fake news in early May.

Police said Zen’ treason case was related to that of Eggi Sudjana, a Subianto ally closely aligned with the 212 Islamist movements and Amanat Nasional Party politician. Sudjana was arrested by police on May 14.

Zen and Sudjana initiated a rally demanding that President Joko Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin be disqualified from the presidential race on May 9. The police dispersed the rally because it lacked a permit.

Sudjana has since been arrested and named a suspect, also on treason charges. Zen’ lawyer Pitra Ramdhoni said his client had told investigators that he had no intention to commit treason by holding the rally.

“We were only protesting and demonstrating against cheating [in the election],” he said.

Zen previously told the media that he had been interrogated about Sudjana’ calls for people power protests that would topple President Widodo’s administration.

Police did not offer many details regarding the evidence used to charge Kivlan, but his lawyer said that he felt his client was being vilified and he had never had any intention to spur demonstrations with the intent of overthrowing the government.

This isn’t the first time Zen has been arrested for treason. In 2016, shortly before the infamous 212 rallies against then-governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama on Dec. 2, 2018, he was one of eight people arrested for allegedly trying to plot a coup attempt against the government, using the unrest of the 212 rallies as cover. However, the charges were later dropped.

Zen is a far-right figure known for his vehement anti-Communist paranoia, which includes supporting Islamist attacks on the survivors of Indonesia’s 1965 mass killings.

Numerous supporters of Subianto have been reported and arrested on charges of spreading fake news in regard to the election as well as for their roles in engineering the protests and subsequent riots that took place in Jakarta last week.

It has put President Widodo’ administration in a difficult position as they attempt to hold those responsible for the violence accountable while not looking overly authoritarian in their response.

That tension was seen last Tuesday when news broke that Subianto himself had been charged with treason shortly after the official results of the election were announced. Police quickly and quietly pulled Subianto’s suspect status shortly after.

Apparatus is still dealing with the aftermath of last week’ post-election riots in Jakarta and investigating those who were responsible for causing the violence.

Six Suspects

On Monday, National Police spokesman Mohammad Iqbal revealed that six suspects had weapons and ammunition. They are charged under Article 1 of Emergency Law Number 12 of 51 concerning Firearms with a maximum sentence of life for a maximum of 20 years.

Based on police investigations, on of the suspect with initial HK originates from Bogor, West Java. HK ordered as a leader, looking for firearms, as well as looking for executors but also an executor, and led the team down on May 22.

He brought a piece of revolver. HK received Rp150 million. He was arrested on Tuesday 21 May at the Megaria hotel, Central Jakarta.

Furthermore, the suspect HZ, from Ciputat, South Tangerang, has the role of looking for an executor and an executor. He was arrested on Tuesday 21 May at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta.

Then, the initial IF, from Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta. Acting as an executor and receiving Rp5 million. He was arrested on Tuesday 21 May 2019 in South Sukabumi, Kebon Jeruk.

While, suspect TJ, from Bogor, West Java. Act as an executor and master the range of short barrel and long barrel assemblies. The suspect received Rp55 million arrested on May 24 in Sentul, West Java. Based on the results of the examination, urine TJ positively contained the types of amphetamine and methamphetamine.

Also, the suspect AD comes from Koja, North Jakarta. Acting as a seller of three pieces, namely the major assembly line, as well as a long barrel assembly, including a short barrel assembly to HK. AD received the proceeds from the sale of illegal firearms in the amount of Rp26.5 million.

He was arrested on May 24 in Swasembada, North Jakarta. As a result of the examination, urine AD positively contained amphetamine and methamphetamine and benzodiazepines.

And, the female suspect AF, having his address at Pancoran, South Jakarta. Acting as the owner and seller of taurus revolver cables to HK. AF which a woman receives from the sale of the RP50 million illegal firearms. She was arrested on May 24 in the Thamrin area, Central Jakarta.

The police also revealed that the suspects were ordered by “someone” to kill four national figures, one of them being the leader of the survey institution. The identity of ‘someone’ is already known and is being explored by the police.

“On March 14, 2019 HK received Rp150 million and the TJ received Rp25 million from someone, we pocketed the identity and the team explored. They were asked to kill four targets of national figures,” Iqbal said, although he did not want to mention the identity of the target.

“The target is not the President, but the state officials. But it is not my capacity to deliver this. Later when the process of deepening, the investigation process has become increasingly conical and will be submitted to the public,” he said, adding that the target of the murder was surveyed and the suspects were experienced.

So far, eight peoples died as a result of the May 22 riots. 905 others had to undergo medical treatment because they were injured. A total of 95 of them suffered serious injuries such as fractures, head injuries, and injuries from sharp and blunt objects.

A total of 257 people were named as suspects. They were rioters who took advantage the mass rally of opposition supporters protesting the announcement of the General Election Commission which won Joko Widodo – Maruf Amin by 55.5 percent of 44.5 percent belonging to Subianto – Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com