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Jakarta Post

Investigation team allowed to enter Nusakambangan

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang, Central Java   /   Tue, August 16, 2016   /  11:17 am
Investigation team allowed to enter Nusakambangan Security personnel secure the second case review of drug lord Freddy Budiman (center) in Cilacap, Central Java, in May. Freddy was executed by firing squad, along with three other drug convicts, in the early hours of July 29. (JP/Agus Maryono)

Law and Human Rights Ministry Central Java chapter head Bambang Sumardiono has given permission for a joint team comprising National Police, Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Narcotics Agency (BNN) personnel to enter Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap to investigate claims made by executed drug convict Freddy Budiman.

“If the investigation team wants to enter Nusakambangan, it may go right ahead. We will help the team. Internally, we are also going to set up our own investigation team to support the external team. We will provide data and reports as needed,” he said on Monday.

Bambang said all procedures would be followed to reveal the truth of Freddy’s claims, adding that his office was currently investigating Freddy’s claims that two BNN officers had requested then Nusakambangan warden Liberty Sitinjak to remove CCTV cameras used to monitor Freddy.

(Read also : Team starts probing Freddy's testimony)

When questioned, Liberty said he did not remember the names of the BNN officers who entered Nusakambangan in 2014, as the visit took place on a national holiday.

One day before Freddy was executed on July 29,  Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Hariz Azhar posted on social media claims made by the drug lord when the two met on the prison island in 2014, accusing personnel from the National Police, TNI and BNN of involvement in his drug business.

The three institutions reported Haris to the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) for defamation on Aug.3.

On Aug.10, the police announced they had decided to temporarily suspend their investigation into Haris and would instead let an independent team investigate the claims. (ebf)

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