Former police chief of detectives, Comr. Gen. Susno Duadji’s decision to challenge the police chief by testifying at court without permission has been viewed as a act of rebellion driven by disappointment.
Susno’s source of disappointment, legal experts agreed here Sunday, included his removal from his post as chief of detectives after being implicated in an effort to frame two deputies of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) last year.
The experts also pointed out the removal had alienated Susno from his colleagues and loyal subordinates and had made him think he had nothing to lose.
“Apparently Susno is blind to the extent to which he disappointed the police, including the National Police chief. Since his dismissal as detective chief he has developed a nothing-to-lose attitude,” University of Indonesia criminologist Adrianus Meliala said Sunday.
He said that Susno’s alienation could be seen from his failure to directly contact his superior, National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri, for permission to testify in last Thursday’s trial of former KPK chief Antasari Azhar, who was accused of killing Nasruddin Zulkarnaen.
The surprise testimony humiliated the police chief, while damaging the police’s position in the case.
Susno’s alienation from his colleagues and superior officers also triggered him to make his point, Adrianus said.
“You see, Susno asked for permission from the National Police chief through his BlackBerry rather than asking directly.
“That was because he is no longer granted access to the National Police chief,” he said.
According to Adrianus, communication access to the National Police chief was closed to Susno after he insisted on summoning several media outlet leaders without his permission.
Adrianus, who has close relations with the police leadership, said that disputes among police generals had frequently occurred of late, urging them to improve the internal condition of the institution.
As for Susno, he said, it would be better for the National Police chief to settle the case internally.
“Thus, instead of punishing Susno by dismissing him or even demoting him, it would be better for the National Police chief to ask Susno to gently step down and take an early pension package,” he said.
Neta S. Pane from Indonesian Police Watch said Bambang should treat Susno with respect instead of asking him to undergo a disciplinary tribunal.
“Bambang should remember that Susno is still the one with many wild cards, such as information about controversial police bank accounts,” he said.
The controversial bank accounts case emerged three years ago.
At the time, a summary of numerous bank accounts owned by fifteen police officials was widely distributed in the public, including to journalists.
The huge numbers held in the accounts, from Rp 100 to 900 billion, encouraged the public to question where the officials had obtained such funds.
When this case was under the spotlight, Susno was the deputy chairman of the Center for Financial Analysis Reports Transaction (PPATK).
Many have suggested that Susno saved several officials at this time.