An opposition legislator facing trial for insulting the President and the authorities claims police manipulated transcripts of his offending speech to make it appear he had spoken against the head of state. Indonesian Democratic Party legislator Aberson Merle Sihaloho became the first sitting member of Indonesia's Parliament to face trial in recent years after the Attorney-General's Department passed on his case for trial in the Jakarta State Court. 'The trial is to start on January 29,' a court official said. 'We have already received the report of the investigation from the Attorney-General's Office.' Sihaloho allegedly made the comments at a 'free speech forum' at the Democratic Party headquarters on July 13 last year. 'I said the sovereignty of the people and democracy as outlined under the 1945 constitution was not being implemented properly - even though we're a free people, it's as though we're again being oppressed,' Sihaloho told the South China Morning Post yesterday. But he said transcripts by intelligence agencies had been manipulated to make it appear he was trying to undermine President Suharto. He said the authorities had reportedly raised the allegations during numerous interviews. They cited undercover police and members of the armed forces as witnesses and said they had recorded the forum on video. 'I said, 'enough's enough, let's just sort it out in court',' Sihaloho said. 'My role is to monitor the President's [activities] in the implementation of the 1945 constitution and the statutes.' Sihaloho joins a long line of party activists and dissidents charged following unrest over the issue in July, including 124 party supporters convicted with disobeying police orders to abandon the headquarters building, as well as labour unionist Muchtar Pakpahan and nine members of an activist group, the People's Democratic Party.