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Jakarta Post

KPK investigators attacked while on duty

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 3, 2019   /   06:03 pm
KPK investigators attacked while on duty Corruption Eradication Commission deputy chairperson Basaria Panjaitan (right) and the commission's spokesperson Febri Diansyah give a press statement at the antigraft body's headquarters in South Jakarta on March 1, 2018. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak)

Unidentified assailants assaulted two on-duty Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators in Jakarta on Saturday midnight, the antigraft body has revealed.

According to a statement from the KPK, the two investigators were in Hotel Borobudur, Central Jakarta, investigating a tip from a member of the public about alleged corruption. In the middle of the investigation, the graft busters were assaulted by unknown assailants.

The assault continued even though the investigators showed their KPK identification cards to the assailants.

Apart from the assault, the assailants allegedly confiscated some of the investigators’ belongings, although KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah declined to specify what was taken from the injured officers.

He said the injured investigators had been rushed to the hospital for treatment. “[As of Sunday afternoon] they are being prepared for surgery for a broken nose and other facial injuries.”

Febri added that the KPK had reported the assault to the Jakarta Police on Sunday afternoon. The police responded to the report by assigning its violent crimes subdirectorate (Jatanras) under the general crimes directorate to investigate the case.

“This was an assault against law enforcers who were doing their duty. We will coordinate with the Jakarta Police and hope the case can be solved immediately, in order to prevent similar assaults against other law enforcement officers,” the spokesman said.

KPK workers’ union head Yudi Purnomo echoed the antigraft body’s statement, calling this “another terror [attack] against KPK employees.”

The assault occurred less than a month after a suspicious package was left at the private residence of KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo in Bekasi, West Java. At the same time, the remains of two Molotov cocktails were found at the home of the commission’s deputy chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif in Kalibata, South Jakarta. These cases are still under investigation by the police.