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National Police not to
sue ‘Tempo’

The National Police Chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said Monday that his institution would not file a lawsuit against Tempo magazine over its controversial cover page following an investigative report on the enormous wealth of police officers published last week.

The police have preferred to settle the disagreement through mediation, supported by the Press Council.

“We will settle the case in good manner. Therefore, both parties’ needs could be well accommodated,” Bambang said after a meeting at the State Palace in Jakarta as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.

When asked about Tempo’s report, Bambang promised to hold a press conference on the matter possibly next week.

The police reportedly had sent a letter of protest to Tempo on July 1, in which it states that the use of piggy banks to illustrate the accounts of senior officers tarnished the image of the Indonesian police force.

Previously, the police had said they would use the Criminal Code instead, which would allow them to build a criminal case against Tempo.

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