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Police arrest top KPK investigator

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 1, 2015   /  09:48 am

The National Police arrested early on Friday Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan despite President Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo'€™s order to halt the prosecution of all individuals involved in the country'€™s graft eradication campaign.

According to Novel'€™s lawyer and human rights activist Usman Hamid, a dozen of police personnel from the National Police'€™s detective division arrived at Novel'€™s resident early on Friday and brought him in to the National Police headquarters on Jl. Trunojoyo in South Jakarta for questioning.

The police has decided to reopen the case involving Novel, who was implicated in an assault case in 2004. He was accused of having shot a suspect when he served as the Bengkulu Police'€™s detective chief.

In 2012, then president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the police to drop the case against Novel, who was targeted by members of the force following the antigraft body'€™s decision to name then head of the National Police Traffic Coprs (Korlantas) Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo a graft suspect.

'€œWe will continue pursuing the case against Novel, we will continue all investigations. He [Novel] abused his power, which led to someone'€™s death,'€ National Police detective division chief Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso said earlier.

The police moved against some KPK commissioners and its investigators soon after the antigraft body named Police Education Institute (Lemdikpol) director Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan, now the deputy police chief, a graft suspect days after he was nominated as the next police chief in January.

Acting KPK commissioner Johan Budi said that several KPK commissioners had tried to seek clarification from the police and urged the police to release Novel after the questioning. (ren)

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