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Jakarta Post

Jokowi says new word 'soon' on Novel case. Yet another promise, say critics

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 19, 2019   /  01:09 pm
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Novel Baswedan (with mic) addresses his colleagues and antigraft activists on July 27, 2018. It was his first day back at work as an investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), following a long period of recovering from the acid attack that left him blinded in one eye.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is facing severe criticism for his failure to set a deadline for the National Police to conclude its investigation on the 2017 acid attack against top Corruption Eradication Commision (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan. In his latest meeting with Gen. Idham Aziz at State Palace on Dec. 9, the President claimed that the police had uncovered new findings about the acid attack, and that these "findings" would be announced “soon”. A week has gone by and neither the Palace nor the National Police have shown any indication of making good of the promised announcement.  Two unidentified men threw acid at Novel as on April 11, 2017, when the KPK investigator was on his way home from the morning prayer at a mosque near his house in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. The a...