LBH Director Blasts Police over Unending Novel Baswedan Case

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  • Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan, left, waves to reporters as he walks with KPK Deputy Chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif upon arrival at the commission's headquarters in Jakarta, Feb. 22, 2018. AP

    Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan, left, waves to reporters as he walks with KPK Deputy Chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif upon arrival at the commission's headquarters in Jakarta, Feb. 22, 2018. AP

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) Director Alghifari Aqsa noticed a downturn in the progress of Police’s investigation on Novel Baswedan’s acid attack after the case was handled by the North Jakarta Police Dept.

    “This is strange, it was the Jakarta Metro Police that investigated it, but now it’s demoted to the North Jakarta Police Dept. with different investigators compared to the officers who questioned Novel Baswedan in Singapore,” said Alghifari yesterday in Jakarta.

    Alghifari argued that the investigation on the attack against the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator has not been met with any desirable progress. He then suggested President Jokowi to form a joint team to search for facts regarding the case.

    “The police have failed. Because it has been one year but they have yet solved the case,” said Alghifari.

    According to him, the attack made against Novel Baswedan must be solved since there are allegedly people within the police institution that might use their influence to attack Baswedan. Furthermore, Alghifari hopes that President Jokowi would someday invite Novel Baswedan to explain the case to the president in person.

    He claims that Novel Baswedan has met the police twice to talk about the case but to no avail.

    IMAM HAMDI