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Ombudsman probes Wiranto over planned reconciliation council

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 30, 2017   /   08:57 am
Ombudsman probes Wiranto over planned reconciliation council Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto (right) talks with National Intelligence Agency (BIN) head Budi Gunawan (left) before a limited Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Dec. 29. (Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf)

The Ombudsman has summoned chief security minister Wiranto on allegations of maladministration regarding the government's plan to establish the Council for National Harmony (DKN).

On Feb. 2, the Solidarity Network of Victims for Justice (JSKK) and Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) reported Wiranto to the Ombudsman, accusing him of violating official procedure in resolving past human rights cases by forming the council.  

Ombudsman commissioner Ninik Rahayu said Wednesday that based on the report, there had been alleged maladministration in the establishment process of the DKN.

The government has yet to officiate the body pending approval from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

“Victims have said that they were not involved in the establishment process of the council, even though the council’s task was very relevant to them. We will ask Wiranto as the initiator of the council,” she said as quoted by kompas.com.

Ninik explained that based on Law No. 12/2011 on the guidance of drafting laws and regulations, government policymaking should involve concerned parties. She added that the alleged maladministration could be proven if the government continued to create the body without consulting victims and their families. 

(Read also: Central Java governor reported to Ombudsman for factory permit)

Therefore, the Ombudsman will ask for Wiranto’s explanation regarding the allegations.

Wiranto was summoned to make a statement on Wednesday, but he did not attend. He was instead represented by officials from the Law and Human Rights Ministry and the Attorney General's Office. (rdi/wit)