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Jakarta Post

Novel to undergo surgery in Singapore

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 6, 2017   /   03:06 pm
Novel to undergo surgery in Singapore Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator Novel Baswedan walks in the Orchard shopping center in Singapore on Nov. 16. Novel is scheduled on Wednesday to have surgery on his left eye, which was severely damaged in an acid attack in April. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

Top Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan is scheduled to undergo a surgery on his left eye, which was severely damaged in an acid attack in April, in Singapore on Wednesday.

"God willing, today, Novel Baswedan will undergo surgery to add membrane to his eye because of a lack of progress in the recovery of his left eye," Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak, the chairman of the youth wing of Indonesia's second biggest Islamic organization Muhammadiyah, said in a statement on Wednesday morning.

Dahnil added that the procedure was scheduled at 6:30 p.m. local time.

Read also: Novel case difficult to solve: Police

Wednesday's surgery will be one of the major procedures on Novel's left eye after he underwent surgery in August. The surgery, originally scheduled in October, was postponed due to the slow recovery of Novel, who had been placed in the intensive care unit.

Acid was splashed onto Novel's face by two people riding on a motorbike in the early hours of April 11 in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.

Although suspects have yet to be named, the Jakarta Police recently issued sketches of the two alleged perpetrators.

At the time of the attack, Novel was leading a major investigation into the e-ID case, which has implicated dozens of high-ranking politicians. (dmr)