Released by BNN, Wanda Appointed Ambassador to Drug Victims
Abdul Qowi Bastian
The National Narcotics Agency released Jakarta city councilor Wanda Hamidah and two other people on Wednesday evening after detaining them for three days over a drug bust in South Jakarta early on Sunday morning.
Wanda, 35, and the other two detainees were cleared of any drug use by the anti-narcotics agency, known as BNN, which went even further in attempting to clear Wanda’s name by appointing her as an ambassador to victims of drug abuse.
“Based on the blood and hair test results and witnesses’ statements, BNN’s investigation team concluded [that we] do not have sufficient evidence to process [Wanda’s] case further,” agency spokesman Sumirat Dwiyanto said at a press conference on Wednesday.
The BNN arrested 17 people at the Lebak Bulus house of Raffi Ahmad, a 25-year-old television personality, where they found two marijuana joints and 14 capsules.
The agency is still holding seven people pending further investigation. Earlier, on Tuesday, they released seven people, including Irwansyah, a 27-year-old actor, and his wife Zaskia Sungkar, 22.
The two others released on Wednesday were identified only by their initials, S.D. and U.W.
“This is an extremely valuable lesson for myself,” Wanda said. “I will be more careful about where to go and not to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Wanda, a former actress turned Jakarta Legislative Council member, also thanked her National Mandate Party (PAN) for being supportive during her detainment.
“I would also like to thank the institution where I seek sanctuary, PAN, who have been very supportive and who have faith in me,” she said.
Conversely, Wanda said media coverage of the saga had let her down.
“The media have spread unconfirmed news without strong evidence and have released baseless statements. But today it’s obvious now and unproven,” she said.
Sumirat said Wanda went to Raffi’s house on Sunday to discuss plans for community service to help Jakarta’s flood victims.
When reporters asked on Wednesday about the peculiar timing of the charitable rendezvous — police made the bust at about 5:00 a.m. — Wanda’s lawyer refused to answer and opted to respond to a different question from another reporter.
Sumirat further explained that Wanda met Raffi at a cafe in Kemang, South Jakarta, on Sunday before proceeding to drive to his house in Lebak Bulus with her friend, S.D.