State to cover medical costs of attacked anti-graft investigator
Haeril Halim and Margareth S. Aritonang
The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has approved the use of state funds to pay the medical treatment of anti-graft investigator Novel Baswedan who suffered from skin burns and eye injuries following an acid attack.
The decision was made in response to a request by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo who wrote Jokowi to ask for the state to help cover the medical costs, presidential spokesman Johan Budi said on Monday.
“The president has approved the request. The money will be taken from the budget allocated to finance the Presidential Palace,” Johan said.
Novel is currently being treated by eye specialists in Singapore. He may have to undergo eye surgery after two unidentified men hurled acid at his face last week. The police are still investigating the case.
Novel is a senior investigator at the KPK. He currently leads the investigation of a mega scandal regarding the electronic identity (e-ID) project that implicated many high profile politicians.
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