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Jakarta Post

Nusakambangan warden denies knowledge of CCTV removal request

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 3, 2016   /  12:45 pm
Nusakambangan warden denies knowledge of CCTV removal request Tight security – Dozens of security personnel safeguard the second case review appeal hearing of Freddy Budiman, a drug trafficker sentenced to death, at the Cilacap District Court in Cilacap, Central Java, in May. ( Maryono)

Authorities of Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java, never received any request from the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) to remove CCTV cameras used to monitor executed drug convict Freddy Budiman, a senior government official has said.

“The prison warden told me he never met with any BNN officials. However, he admitted that his men had once had a meeting with agency officials,” the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s director general of penitentiaries, I Wayan Dusak, said on Tuesday.

However, Dusak further said, it was unclear whether the BNN officials came to Nusakambangan to ask for the removal of the CCTV cameras as Freddy claimed in his statement to Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) coordinator Haris Azhar.

Freddy and three other death row drug convicts were executed on July 29. Freddy’s testimony raised widespread concern, as he claimed that he had made deals with members of the National Police, Indonesian Military and BNN to run his drug businesses. Freddy claimed that two BNN officials had asked Nusakambangan warden Sitinjak to remove two surveillance cameras that monitored his cell.

Dusak said he would establish an investigation team to look for evidence regarding Freddy’s claim and hand over anything it found to the police and BNN if they asked for it.

Freddy’s testimony went viral on July 28, a day before he was executed. It was written by Haris based on his meeting with the drug lord in Nusakambangan in the middle of 2014. (wnd/ebf)


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