Dozens of Police Personnel Reported over Drug Cases

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Coalition Against Drug Mafia has received 13 reports of drug cases in Jakarta which involved authorities. The reports varied from extortions to case manipulation.

    Community Legal Aid Institute (LBH Masyarakat) Drug Policy analyst Yohan Misero has pointed to the example of extortion by authorities who had been targeting drug dealers and their family. “Aimed at dropping the case or lightening punishment,” Yohan said yesterday, August 21, 2016.

    Some drug cases were also manipulated by authorities. “Some claimed they were set up in such a way to turned them into perpetrators,” he said.

    According to Yohan, the offenses made by authorities should have been reported to relevant agencies for investigation. “However, the person who were aware [of the issue] were scared of threats and feared that the cases would not be investigated.”

    Yohan considered that the agencies whose members were reported over violations have not been serious to address the report.

    The Coalition found that after 15 days of opening an outpost to uncover violations made by authorities (Bongkar Aparat), there have been 38 drug cases across Indonesia that reportedly involved authorities. Of which, 13 cases, or most of the cases, were reported in Jakarta and none have been reporting the findings to law enforcers. The Coalition team is still verifying the reports, while also examining their correlation.

    Responding to the issue, Jakarta Police Public Relations Division chief Sr. Comr. Awi Setiyono said that he will not hesitate in prosecuting authorities who conducted any violations. “Those who are proven to be involved and found guilty will be dismissed,” he said.

    According to Awi, there is a monitoring mechanism conducted by supervisors to prevent the involvement of authorities in drug dealing. In addition, to ensure that police are free from drug abuse, urine tests are conducted. “I want to point out that we perform monitoring and law enforcement,” he said.