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Kontras vows to continue efforts to probe drugs mafia

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 6, 2016   /  10:55 am
Kontras vows to continue efforts to probe drugs mafia Coordinator of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) Haris Azhar speaks at a press conference. (Kompas.com/Abba Gabbrilin)

The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has vowed to continue efforts to push for an investigation into law enforcement practices in narcotics cases, despite ongoing accusations of defamation against Kontras' coordinator Haris Azhar.

Kontras has asked the government and law enforcement institutions to be more focused in eradicating narcotics bigwigs, including by uncovering drug trade supporters hiding behind law enforcement officials, as alleged by executed convict Freddy Budiman in his testimony circulated by Haris.

"What we are facing here is a narcotics cartel that threatens the country. If the government and law enforcers work separately, their efforts will be incomplete," Haris said on Friday.

The rights activists have announced plans to collaborate with the Indonesian Ombudsman's Office, The Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) as well as the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) to dig deeper and consolidate efforts to look into the allegations.

Kontras and several other civil organizations, including the Indonesian Drug Victim Advocacy Brotherhood (PKNI) and the Community Legal Aid Institute (LBH Masyarakat), have also opened a post for the public to report information on state institutions allegedly backing drug smuggling, in an attempt to unravel the alleged narcotics mafia within governmental bodies.

Haris, who was reported by the National Police, the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) to the National Police for alleged defamation, said he was prepared as he had a team of lawyers to support him. However, he called on law enforcement officials to let his case rest, as the nation's war on narcotics was more important than anything else. (bbn)

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