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Plastic surgery scandal fuels political tension


Under investigation: Rais arriving at the police headquarters in Jakarta. — Reuters

Under investigation: Rais arriving at the police headquarters in Jakarta. — Reuters

JAKARTA: Hardline Islamists protested in Indonesia’s capital over the investigation of an opposition activist who claimed that bruising on her face was caused by a politically motivated assault but later admitted that it was due to cosmetic surgery.

The furore over 69-year-old Ratna Sarumpaet’s bizarre case has stoked political tensions in Jakarta ahead of next April’s presidential election, which will pit incumbent Joko Widodo against retired army general Prabowo Subianto.

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