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Jakarta Post

Justice for Novel, justice for all

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, July 22 2019   /  01:27 am

The acid attack against Novel Baswedan was no ordinary crime with the top Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator the sole victim. It was, first and foremost, an attack against a state-sanctioned body established for a single mission: to root out chronic corruption plaguing the archipelago. The body — and no other — has become the symbol of hope for a cleaner Indonesia. That is why the anticlimactic conclusion of a six-month investigation into the case by a fact-finding team set up by National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian is more than just disenchanting. It is harrowing, for now we know that the state has, again, failed to resolve a high-profile case, putting its credibility at stake.We shall not forget. Before Novel, there was Munir.We know that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has failed to shed light on the murder of Munir Said Thalib, the outspoken human rights...