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Jokowi orders Indonesia's top cop to reveal Novel's attacker within days

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 10, 2019   /   01:18 pm
Jokowi orders Indonesia's top cop to reveal Novel's attacker within days President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis to immediately reveal the perpetrator behind the acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) top investigator Novel Baswedan.

Jokowi summoned Idham for a meeting at the State Palace on Monday, during which the President said he had asked the nation’s top cop about whether there had been any new developments in the investigation into Novel’s case.

“[Idham] said the team had discovered something that pointed toward a conclusion,” Jokowi told reporters in Jakarta on Tuesday.

“I told [Idham] to reveal the perpetrator as soon as possible,” he said, “I am not saying within months. If I said ‘as soon as possible’ it should be [revealed] within days.”

The President, however, refused to elaborate on the police’s new findings.

The attack occurred on April 11, 2017, when two unidentified men threw acid at Novel's face as the investigator was on his way home from morning prayers at a mosque near his house in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.

Novel’s left eye sustained a severe injury as result of the attack.

The case has been left unsolved for nearly three years as a string of investigations — both carried out by the police as well as a fact-finding team formed by former National Police chief Gen. (ret.) Tito Karnavian, who is now home minister — have yet to identify the perpetrators.

Upon Idham's inauguration as the country’s top cop on Oct. 1, Jokowi instructed the former National Police's Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) head — who previously led Novel's fact-finding team — to solve the acid attack case by early this month.

National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. M. Iqbal previously said the police had asked the President for extra time to complete the investigation, kompas.com reported. (sau)