July 9, 2010

No need for President himself to clarify attorney`s status

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono does not need personally to clarify the legitimacy of Hedarman Supandji`s position as Attorney General, presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said here on Friday.

He said Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi`s recent statement affirming the legitimacy of Hendarman`s status as Attorney General was enough to represent the government`s official stance on the issue.

"It has already been clarified by the minister/state secretary. The explanation is the government`s official stance. So the minister/state secretary`s statement is the government`s response. There is nothing wrong with it and therefore there is no need for the President to give an explanation," he said.

Julian said the President had asked for clarification about the case to the minister/state secretary and he had been given an explaination like what he had told to the mass media.

"So indeed there are view differences. The President certainly is aware of it," he said.

He said the President had only asked for the clarification of the attorney general`s status recently being questioned by former justice minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra, who had been named suspect in a corruption case.

About Yusril`s legal case, he said, the President did not say anything because he did not wish to interfere in it.

"The President` stance in relation with the law enforcement issue is obvious that it must be dealt with immediately, transparently, measuredly, with credibility, fairly and proportionately," he said.(*)

Source : http://antaranews.com/en/news/1278690331/no-need-for-president-himself-to-clarify-attorneys-status

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