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Jakarta Post

Police to probe drug lord Freddy's video testimony

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 26, 2016   /  03:27 pm
Police to probe drug lord Freddy's video testimony Repent – Drug lord Freddy Budiman (pictured) attends his second case review hearing at the Cilacap District Court in Cilacap, Central Java, in May. ( Maryono)

National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian says his institution will examine drug lord Freddy Budiman's video testimony recorded prior to his execution last month.

"We have received [the video] yesterday and the investigative team will soon examine it," he said on Friday.

He did not give further comment about circulating speculations that Freddy mentioned the names of specific National Police, Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Narcotics Agency (BNN) officials involved in his international drug network.

(Read also : Drug lord Freddy's video testimony won't be made public: Minister)

While Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly previously confirmed the government would not make the video public, Tito did not close the possibility for authorities to release the video at some point, although he said that for the time being, his concern was only to fully investigate the video.

Akbar Hadi, spokesperson for the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s directorate general of penitentiaries, confirmed prison officials on Nusakambangan had created video testimonies of inmates serving their sentences on the prison island. He added that Freddy’s video was longer than the others.

Freddy was arrested in 2011 by the Jakarta Police for attempting to smuggle 1.4 million ecstasy pills from China into the country. He was executed in Nusakambangan Prison island, Cilacap, Central Java, on July 29. (ebf)


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