Police releases sketch of Novel's attacker
The Jakarta Post
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian on Monday released a sketch of the alleged assailant who threw acid at senior investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Novel Baswedan.
Tito released the sketch after the news daily Koran Tempo published its own sketch on the front page of Monday's paper. The sketch was drawn based on information from eyewitnesses who were present during the moment of the attack in April this year.
The decision to release the sketch was made following a meeting between Tito and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at the Presidential Palace on Monday.
In the sketch, which is radically different from the one published by Koran Tempo, the assailant was described as between 167 and 170 centimeters in height, with brown skin, a dark complexion and curly hair. The alleged assailant was also described as being rather skinny.
In the sketch made by Koran Tempo, the suspect was described as a stocky man about 165 centimeters in height.
Tito said that the sketch was the closest approximation of what Novel's assailant looked like based on eyewitness accounts.
"He was on a motorbike," Tito told a press briefing, adding that the sketch did not match the three people who had been questioned by the Jakarta Police in connection with the attack.
Responding to a public-relations campaign launched by Novel and rights group who have called for the government to find the perpetrators of the attack, President Jokowi summoned Tito on Monday for a briefing on the investigation’s progress.
In recent weeks, Novel has given interviews to both international and local news outlets to give details about April’s attack, which severely damaged his left eye.
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