TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - National Police planned to pick up former chairman of the National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Council Edict (GNPF MUI) Bachtiar Nasir by force by the time the latter arrives in Indonesia. Bachtiar had thrice failed to meet the summons issued by the Police Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim).
“Based on Article 112 of the Criminal Code (KUHP), investigators have the right to pick up a suspect by force,” said National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo in his office, South Jakarta, Tuesday, May 14.
Dedi explained that if the suspect’s lawyer has informed the return schedule of Bachtiar, investigators will instantly pick him on his arrival. The police have coordinated with the immigration office on the matter.
Bachtiar Nasir will be examined as a suspect for allegedly committing money laundering practice of the funds of Yayasan Keadilan Untuk Semua (YUKS) in 2017 by converting the foundation assets into unnecessary events.
During a previous investigation in National Police Headquarter, Bachtiar said that the total donation amounted to Rp3 billion, and that could be accounted for. “Not all the money have been used,” he claimed.
He also said some of the funds were used to finance the 411 and 212 rallies and help disaster victims in Pidie Jaya Aceh, Bima and Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara.
Bachtiar’s lawyer Azis Yanuar confirmed his client’s absence in fulfilling the police summons. “[He] is invited to an event in Saudi Arabia by Muslim World League,” said Aziz on Tuesday, May 14. However, he stopped short of detailing when his client would return to Indonesia.
Azis said that his side had delivered a confirmation letter to the police investigator last week, May 8, when Bachtiar was summoned for the second time. If necessary, he would send the invitation letter as well.
The police did not rule out the possibility to release the most-wanted list (DPO) for Bachtiar Nasir. However, the list issuance requires a procedure. “Besides, the lawyer is still cooperative by giving a statement to investigators about his client’s absence,” Dedi concluded.