Arsyad claims no knowledge of falsified documents

Padangekspres.net-Former Constitutional Court judge Arsyad Sanusi, who was questioned over an alleged election document forgery case, claimed that police investigators showed him several letters during Friday's questioning that he had never seen before.

"They showed me six letters from the Constitutional Court and the General Elections Commission (KPU) that I have never seen, read or known about before. The letters make me wonder how cruel the Constitutional Court is to its former judge," Arsyad said after more than nine hours of questioning at police headquarters on Friday.

He said that the six letters included two requests from the KPU to the court and two responses to the requests dated Aug. 14 and Aug. 16, 2009, a letter announcing an internal investigation and a letter announcing that a team would be formed for the investigation.

Arsyad said the police asked him some 25 questions about his meetings and relationships with a suspect in the case, Mashuri Hasan, former Constitutional Court clerk Zaenal Arifin, Constitutional Court chief Mahfud MD, 2009 candidate Dewi Yasin Limpo, former KPU commissioner Andi Nurpati and Constitutional Court staff members such as Nallom Kurniawan and Muhammad Fais, who were questioned by police investigators previously.

The case involves a dispute between Dewi Yasin Limpo of the People's Conscience Party (Hanura) and Mestariyani Habie of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra). Both claimed to have won a seat in the House of Representatives to represent the South Sulawesi electoral region I in the 2009 election.

The case went to the Constitutional Court, which ruled in favor of the Gerindra candidate. However, in a KPK plenary session, an explanation letter from the court stipulated that the Hanura candidate had won the seat.

The Constitutional Court said it had held an internal investigation of the case.

Arsyad said the internal investigation never question him. (rcf)

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