KPK Encourages Police to Resolve Novel Baswedan´s Case

Thursday, 28 December 2017 , 18:00:00 WIB -

Anti-corruption activists are seen asking law enforcers to resolve Novel Baswedan´s case. (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – KPK keeps encouraging the police to resolve the acid attack on Novel Baswedan. KPK Chairman Agus Rahardjo asserts they’re still waiting for the results of the police investigation.

"KPK still encourages the police to resolve it. If the police haven’t come up with any result, we will see the progress," Agus said at KPK Headquarters, Jalan Kuningan Persada, Jakarta Selatan, Wednesday (27/12).

According to Agus, the case fact-searching joint team (TGPF) hasn’t been established yet. Agus even questions whether TGPF is capable of resolving the case. "Just see the previous TGPF, do you ever see them resolving a case? Which one?" he questioned.

Novel Baswedan was attacked after having subuh prayer at a mosque near his house on April 11, 2017. Novel is receiving a medical treatment in Singapore. The police haven’t revealed two face sketches of people who allegedly attacked Novel by acid. There’s still no bright spot in the investigation.

Novel had to undergo the first phase surgery on 6th of December because the growth of his left eye tissue is not optimal yet. The surgery started with transplantation of gum tissue on his left eye to improve the growth of eye tissue.

The surgery was done after the previous treatment didn’t come with any significant result on Novel’s left eye that got 95% damaged by acid. Novel had to stay in Singapore since 12th of April, one day after the incident. "Next year, Novel could be separated from his family and colleagues because he can’t return to Indonesia yet," said KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah.

Meanwhile, KPK is still waiting for the result of Jakarta Police investigation to reveal the perpetrators who attacked Novel after the face sketches of the suspects published. This effort is taken to prevent more threats against anti-corruption activists.

"We hope the perpetrator would be arrested and judge, and the incident would be revealed immediately so terror, threats, and attacks against anti-corruption officials won’t happen again," Febri said.

Meanwhile, in the latest coordination with KPK, the Jakarta Police Chief Insp. Gen. Idham Aziz claimed he has deployed 167 personnel to investigate the case. He even opened a hotline for the public who have any information about the two suspects’ identity. However, there’s still no bright spot about the perpetrators’ identity. (dtc/mag)