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Jokowi should ask Hendropriyono for Munir report: Lawmaker

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Ayomi Amindoni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 14, 2016   /  11:26 am
Jokowi should ask Hendropriyono for Munir report: Lawmaker Former spy chief AM Hendropriyono files for tax amnesty at Sudirman tax office in Jakarta on Sept. 21. (JP/Reza Zafiruddin)

A lawmaker from Democratic Party, Benny K. Harman, said the government should make a commitment to present a fact-finding report on Munir Said Thalib’s death 12 years ago and stop claiming the report was “lost”.

The government should ask for a copy of the fact-finding report from state institutions, such as the National Police and the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), and it should ask related officials who were involved in Munir's investigation case to locate the report, House of Representatives' Commission III overseeing legal affairs deputy chairman Benny K. Harman said.

Benny, a Democratic Party politician, mentioned the name of Abdullah Mahmud Hendropriyono, BIN chief at the time of Munir's murder in 2004, who had a close relationship with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

"I am sure the report is not lost. If the President wants to find it it, he should ask Hendropriyono. [Locating the report's whereabouts] is a simple matter," Benny said on Thursday.

On Thursday, Jokowi instructed the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to find the "lost" investigation report. "If there is new information, it has to be processed according to the law," Jokowi said at the State Palace on Thursday night.

Garuda Indonesia pilot Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto and former Garuda president Indra Setiawan were found guilty of Munir’s murder but the fact-finding team had also identified the alleged role of Hendropriyono, as the team discovered telephone calls from Hendropriyono to Pollycarpus close to the day of the incident.

Hendropriyono repeatedly denied involvement in Munir's death. (evi)

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