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COMMENTARY: Failure to resolve Novel's case political suicide for Jokowi

  • Kornelius Purba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 2, 2017   /  08:11 am
COMMENTARY: Failure to resolve Novel's case political suicide for Jokowi Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan waves to reporters at a hospital in North Jakarta on April 11. (Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

If President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo wants to maintain his credibility, he should order the police to hand over the probe into an acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan to an independent fact-finding team. It is very clear that the police are reluctant to handle the case. The police’s investigation has been moving at a snail’s pace, perhaps because of pressure from powerful people who want the case closed. The President has no doubt obtained complete information about the evil act, including possible political motives behind the attack on the iconic graft buster, who has a reputation among his colleagues for having a “hardline” view about corruption eradication. If Jokowi fails to push for the immediate settlement of the Novel case in order not to upset political stability, he will be turning a deaf ear to...