Moeldoko: 3 Arrested for Illegal Firearm Possession



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said security forces had arrested three people for illegal firearms possession. The three men, he said, had different roles.

    "One person was prepared to look for weapons, one to provide them, and one as an executor," he said here on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

    The people arrested are Asumardi, the weapons seekers; Helmy Kurniawan, the seller, and Irwansyah, who was in charge of making the execution.

    "To execute whom? I think we all know—they are targeting officials," he said. 

    Moeldoko said officers seized two pistols and ammunition. The evidence isnow held by the Police Headquarters' Criminal Investigation Bureau (Bareskrim).

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    According to Moeldoko, the arrest and confiscated guns are proof that there are systematic efforts by certain groups—outside of the terrorist networks—with the purpose of creating unrest during these sensitive times. He appealed to the people not to march roads and join protests rejecting the 2019 elections results.

    "There are systematic efforts to create bad situations," he said.

    The former TNI Commander said the authorities are still tracking the rioters' affiliations. He was reluctant to answer whether the men are related to the supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno.

    "In last night's meeting at the Menkopolhukam, we are tracing down and mapping out everything, to get a clear view of where things overlap. We need to see the separations," Moeldoko remarked.