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Jakarta Post

Calls mount for Jokowi to resolve Novel’s case after failed probe

  • Kharishar Kahfi and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 19 2019   /  12:40 am

With the fact-finding team set up by National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian failing to find significant leads in its investigation into the acid attack on top antigraft investigator Novel Baswedan, the onus is now on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to resolve the high-profile case.A group of civil society organizations advocating for Novel — consisting of, among others, the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH) and the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) — has called on the President to set up an independent fact-finding team that will report to him directly. “If the team is put under the President’s coordination, it will minimize the chance of a conflict of interest. Based on Novel’s earlier testimony, there was an allegation that at least a police general was involved in the attack,” ICW researcher Wana Al...