Police Chief Will Order Bareskrim to Reopen Munir Case

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  • The poster of Kamisan event that marks the 13th year of the murder of human rights activist Munir. ISTIMEWA

    The poster of Kamisan event that marks the 13th year of the murder of human rights activist Munir. ISTIMEWA

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian will summon the head of the police's criminal investigation division (Kabareskrim), Insp. Gen, Arief Sulistyanto, to re-investigate the assasination of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib following the release of Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto.

    “I will summon Kabareskrim to re-investigate the case,” said Tito Karnavian on Friday, August 31.

    Tito said the investigation sought to examine whether there was data that could still be developed. Earlier, Arief Sulistyanto said he had not looked into the case.

    The Civil Society Coalition for Human Rights has prompted the government to open the fact-finding team's (TPF) document on Munir's case and resume the investigation, which has lasted for 14 years. 

    Read: Pollycarpus and the Mastermind of Munir`s Death

    Kontras’ advocacy division coordinator Putri Kanesia said the TPF's document was crucial to resolving the case. 

    Putri said the Munir case was not finished yet despite the release of one of its convicted murderers, Pollycarpus. 

    "Although Pollycarpus has been released, this case is not finished yet," she said. 

    Pollycarpus was released on Wednesday, August 29, after serving the Supreme Court's sentence of 14 years' imprisonment. He was convicted of murdering Munir using arsenic poison. 

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