The Jakarta Post
The State Secretariat announced on Tuesday that it had no knowledge of a fact-finding team's report on the murder of prominent rights defender Munir Said Thalib after the government was ordered on Monday by the Central Information Commission (KIP) to disclose the results of the investigation.
“It is impossible for the State Secretariat to announce the fact-finding report, which we don't have," secretariat spokesman Masrokhan Sulaiman said in a press release on Tuesday.
The secretariat is currently waiting for a copy of KIP’s order to further study the matter before determining its next step.
The statement was in response to KIP's order on Monday that the government publicly disclose all requested information regarding the report of a fact-finding team's investigation into the activist's murder. KIP specifically ordered the State Secretariat as it was in charge of the government's administrative paperwork.
In the hearing on Monday, the commission stipulated that the team's findings in the investigation, submitted to the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono government in 2005, was public information. KIP ruled in favor of Munir's widow Suciwati and several human rights watchdogs who demanded that the government reveal the truth behind Munir's 2004 death on board a Garuda Indonesia flight to the Netherlands. The joint request was filed in April, nearly 12 years Munir died from arsenic poisoning. (rin)
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