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Police deny reports Kivlan named mastermind of post-election riots

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Jakarta   /   Thu, June 13, 2019   /  06:37 pm
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Smoke is seen around the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) dormitory on Jl. KS Tubun, West Jakarta, after rioters set fire to several cars nearby on May 22. (kompas.com/Verryana Novita Ningrum)

National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has denied reports the police have identified treason suspect Kivlan Zen to be the mastermind behind last month's post-election riots in Jakarta. "Please correct [the reports], the police have not named Kivlan Zen as the mastermind behind the [post-election] riots," Tito told reporters in Jakarta on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com. Tito comments were made in response to reports that the police had accused the former Army general of being the mastermind behind the riots that took place between May 21 and 22. A report in Koran Tempo on Wednesday titled "Mastermind or Puppet", suggested that the police had accused Kivlan of funding the riots, which resulted in the deaths of nine and left hundreds injured. Tito said the police had revealed the chronology of events, which were divided into the peaceful protest and th...