Let Me Take a Lie Detector Test: Alleged Sex Crime Victim
Ronna Nirmala, Bayu Marhaenjati & Zaky Pawas
The woman accused of falsely claiming she was robbed and sexually assaulted stood by her claims on Friday, saying she was willing to take a lie detector test.
E.K., the wife of a police officer, T.S., said that a man broke into her home in Depok while she was sleeping. She said the man tied her hands, blindfolded her and sexually assaulted her.
“I am devastated. I came her to seek protection because since the incident I have been receiving death threats,” E.K. said at the National Police office on Friday.
The Jakarta Police have dismissed her claims, saying she had frequently altered her account and that there was no physical evidence suggesting that the house had been broken into or that she had been assaulted.
“I can’t explain it,” she said when asked about the lack of evidence. “I was gagged, my hands were tied and I was told to lie face down.”
Jakarta Police Chief Insp. Gen. Untung S. Rajab said the woman had fabricated the case to cover up an affair she was having with another police officer, S.Y.
E.K., he said, had made several false reports previously, including one about the mysterious disappearance of her husband’s money. “The crime scene investigation is inconsistent with the victim’s story. It is possible the rape and robbery never happened,” he said.
A source at the Jakarta Police said that officers had obtained records from E.K.’s phones suggesting that she was romantically involved with S.Y. Text messages between E.K. and S.Y. “contain dirty words,” the source said.
S.Y. is now in police custody, but it was not clear what he was being charged with.
Untung said the police were investigating claims that T.S. was secretly married to two other women. “We don’t know whether [T.S.] violated the officers’ code of conduct,” he said.
E.K. refused to comment on her husband’s alleged affairs, but said “if my husband does not come home, I know exactly where he is.”
When asked if she had an affair she replied, “I did once, but not anymore.”