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Jakarta Post

TNI says it reported Haris to reveal truth

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 4, 2016   /  02:45 pm
TNI says it reported Haris to reveal truth Cost of crime – Drug lord Freddy Budiman (pictured) attends his second case review hearing at the Cilacap District Court in Cilacap, Central Java, in May. ( Maryono)

The Indonesian Military (TNI) has said its move to report rights activist Haris Azhar to the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) aimed to reveal the truth of his allegations that a high-ranking military general was involved in the international drug-trafficking network of recently executed convict Freddy Budiman.

TNI spokesman Maj.Gen.Tatang Sulaiman said his institution wanted to push the police and the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS), a rights group where Haris serves as coordinator, to conduct a thorough investigation and collect evidence to prove the truth of his allegation.

“The statement may be useful input for the TNI to conduct an investigation, which may involve the institution’s legal departments, including its intelligence body,” said Tatang, Wednesday.

(Read also : Police chief backs defamation report against rights activist)

According to Haris, in a 2014 conversation Freddy mentioned that a two-star TNI general was involved in his drug network. Haris’ written account of the conversation was circulated one day before Freddy was executed on July 29.

Specifically, Freddy said he had once delivered drugs from Medan, North Sumatra, using a car belonging to a two-star TNI general. The general even accompanied him in the car during the journey, Freddy claimed.

Tatang said the TNI was ready to uphold the law and promised it would bring the official to justice if the allegations were proven to be true.

He said that if evidence confirming the allegations could not be found, the TNI would immediately treat the case as defamation against the institution.

On Tuesday, the National Police, TNI and National Narcotics Agency (BNN) reported Haris to Bareskrim, accusing him of violating the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law. (ebf)


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