ICW Doubts Govt Commitment in Solving Novel Baswedan Case

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  • Donal Fariz, a researcher with the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW). TEMPO/Dasril Roszandi

    Donal Fariz, a researcher with the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW). TEMPO/Dasril Roszandi

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) political corruption division coordinator Donal Fariz questioned the government’s commitment upon solving the terror attack experienced by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator Novel Baswedan.

    Donal Fariz maintained that the government failed to show any meaningful decisions upon solving the case.

    “There is a large gap between the verbal commitment and the concrete action,” Donal asserted on Thursday, November 1.

    He maintained that the government should establish a special team tasked to investigate the case that has been in limbo for one and a half years. “The government should form a joint fact-finding team (TGPF). That would be one proof of the government’s seriousness,” he said.

    Today marks the 500th day after Novel Baswedan was attacked with liquid acid on April 11, 2017, which took place in the vicinity of his home when the senior investigator was walking home from a nearby mosque.

    The police investigation had initially arrested a number of people suspected to be the attackers but was eventually released due to the lack of evidence. Police had also issued two sketches of the suspects to no avail.

    “I suspect what complicates the case isn’t the evidence but the involvement of the suspects behind the attack that is much more complicated,” said Donal Fariz, who also urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to evaluate police’s work.

    SYAFIUL HADI | ROSSENO AJI