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President gives police three-month deadline to solve Baswedan’s case

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has unequivocally conveyed to the police chief to solve Novel Baswedan’s attack case in three months to follow up on outcome of the Fact Finding Team’s (TPF’s) investigation into the case.

“Yesterday, the police chief said he will need six months. I said, within three months, the technical team can reveal it,” the president stated at the State Palace here on Friday.

Earlier, on Thursday, the TPF, formed to probe the attack on Baswedan, a senior investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), had recommended the police chief to conduct investigation against three individuals allegedly linked to the case and establish a technical team having specific capability.

Indonesian Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has formed the technical team in line with the recommendation of the TPF, a six-month working period team led by Chief of the Indonesian Police Investigation Unit Comm. Gen. Idham Azis.

The technical team, with all its members constituting police personnel, will follow up on recommendations of the TPF on Baswedan’s case.

The president has also expressed hope that the team would continue with the investigation conducted by the TPF.

“I want to laud the fact finding team that has conveyed the result of its investigation, and this outcome must be followed up by the technical team. We hope that the findings would lead to the unraveling of the case,” he remarked.

Jokowi admitted that Baswedan’s attack case was not a complicated one and would take time to solve it.

“This is not an easy case. If this was an easy case, we could have solved it in two days,” he noted.

The president confirmed he would evaluate the technical team’s work after three months.

“I give them three months, and later, I will personally look into the result. Do not always ask me (about the case), it is the police chief’s task,” the president reiterated.

Baswedan was attacked by two motorcyclists on April 11, 2017, while walking home after performing the dawn prayer at Al-Ihsan Mosque, not far from his residence.

The attackers hurled acid on Baswedan’s face and eyes, thereby resulting in severe damage to his left eye.

The Jakarta Police, in early 2018, had released sketches of the suspects, but no clue was yet in sight.

On January 8, 2019, Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian had established a TPF to investigate the case. The 65-member team comprises 52 police personnel, six personnel of the KPK, and seven experts outside the police institution.

The team has a six-month working period, but until the end of its term on July 9, it had yet to disclose the mastermind of the attack.

The team only revealed six high-profile cases handled by Baswedan, allegedly linked to the attack. The six cases are the e-ID corruption case involving former House speaker Setya Novanto, a bribery case involving former chairman of the Constitutional Court (MK) Akil Mochtar, a bribery case involving former secretary general of the Supreme Court (MA) Nurhadi, a bribery case involving former district head of Buol Amran Batalipu, a corruption case involving construction of an athletic hostel, and a swallow nest theft case.

Source: ANTARA News

President gives police three-month deadline to solve Baswedan’s case

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has unequivocally conveyed to the police chief to solve Novel Baswedan’s attack case in three months to follow up on outcome of the Fact Finding Team’s (TPF’s) investigation into the case.

“Yesterday, the police chief said he will need six months. I said, within three months, the technical team can reveal it,” the president stated at the State Palace here on Friday.

Earlier, on Thursday, the TPF, formed to probe the attack on Baswedan, a senior investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), had recommended the police chief to conduct investigation against three individuals allegedly linked to the case and establish a technical team having specific capability.

Indonesian Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has formed the technical team in line with the recommendation of the TPF, a six-month working period team led by Chief of the Indonesian Police Investigation Unit Comm. Gen. Idham Azis.

The technical team, with all its members constituting police personnel, will follow up on recommendations of the TPF on Baswedan’s case.

The president has also expressed hope that the team would continue with the investigation conducted by the TPF.

“I want to laud the fact finding team that has conveyed the result of its investigation, and this outcome must be followed up by the technical team. We hope that the findings would lead to the unraveling of the case,” he remarked.

Jokowi admitted that Baswedan’s attack case was not a complicated one and would take time to solve it.

“This is not an easy case. If this was an easy case, we could have solved it in two days,” he noted.

The president confirmed he would evaluate the technical team’s work after three months.

“I give them three months, and later, I will personally look into the result. Do not always ask me (about the case), it is the police chief’s task,” the president reiterated.

Baswedan was attacked by two motorcyclists on April 11, 2017, while walking home after performing the dawn prayer at Al-Ihsan Mosque, not far from his residence.

The attackers hurled acid on Baswedan’s face and eyes, thereby resulting in severe damage to his left eye.

The Jakarta Police, in early 2018, had released sketches of the suspects, but no clue was yet in sight.

On January 8, 2019, Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian had established a TPF to investigate the case. The 65-member team comprises 52 police personnel, six personnel of the KPK, and seven experts outside the police institution.

The team has a six-month working period, but until the end of its term on July 9, it had yet to disclose the mastermind of the attack.

The team only revealed six high-profile cases handled by Baswedan, allegedly linked to the attack. The six cases are the e-ID corruption case involving former House speaker Setya Novanto, a bribery case involving former chairman of the Constitutional Court (MK) Akil Mochtar, a bribery case involving former secretary general of the Supreme Court (MA) Nurhadi, a bribery case involving former district head of Buol Amran Batalipu, a corruption case involving construction of an athletic hostel, and a swallow nest theft case.

Source: ANTARA News

Papua New Guinea Demands Australia Remove Refugees

SYDNEY – Papua New Guinea’s new prime minister, James Marape, has called on Australia Friday to set a deadline for relocating several hundred refugees and asylum-seekers who have been stranded in his country since the closure of a migrant camp.

The Manus Island detention center closed in October 2017 after judges in Papua New Guinea said it was unconstitutional. About 450 former detainees remain on the island in community housing or in the capital, Port Moresby. Most are refugees who have been told by the government in Canberra that as part of uncompromising border polices they will never been allowed to be resettled in Australia. Few have any desire to stay in Papua New Guinea, but their presence in the impoverished country is putting pressure on health services and fueling tensions with local residents.

Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, James Marape, wants senior Australian ministers to set a timetable for the men to be removed.

I have met immigration minister Peter Dutton already,” said Marape. “I have asked him to expedite the process of phasing out the issues of asylum seekers. We need to establish a timeline going forward and there are genuine refugees and there are also non-genuine refugees. What happens to the rest of them we have in-country? These are human beings we are dealing with. We can’t leave them all hanging in space with no serious consideration to their future.

Six years ago, Australia started its policy of sending all asylum-seekers caught trying to reach the country by sea to offshore camps on Manus Island and the tiny Pacific republic of Nauru. They were told they would never be allowed into Australia, even as genuine refugees.

Australia has argued that the risk of being sent to a camp in the South Pacific has been a powerful deterrent stopping migrants making the perilous sea crossing on rickety fishing boats from Indonesia. Rights groups have consistently claimed conditions in the camps were cruel and inhumane.

The United States has resettled about 500 refugees from the facilities under an asylum deal with Australia. About 350 asylum-seekers remain on Nauru.

Marape is due to arrive in Australia Sunday on his first overseas trip as prime minister and will spend a week meeting with government officials.

Source: Voice of America

TNI’s 70 personnel in Kapuas Hulu to tackle forest fire

Kapuas Hulu, W Kalimantan (ANTARA) – Kapuas Hulu, W Kalimantan (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Military (TNI) has readied 70 personnel in Kapuas Hulu District, West Kalimantan, as a precautionary measure against land and forest fires in the region, particularly in seven villages prone to the forest fire.

“A total of 70 TNI personnel have been readied in Kapuas Hulu under the program of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB),” Putussibau District Military Commander Lt Col Inf Basyaruddin remarked when contacted in Putussibau, Kapuas Hulu, on Thursday.

Basyaruddin noted that the deployment of military personnel was based on the fact that Kapuas Hulu’s peatland areas are prone to fire.

Earlier on in the day, Rupinus from the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) of Kapuas Hulu District noted that the district’s seven villages, with their vast peatland areas, are prone to land and forest fires.

The seven villages are Penai and Bangkong in Silat Hilir Sub-District; Ranyai Hilir Village in Seberuang Sub-district; Madang Permai in Suhaid Sub-district; the villages of Daerah Dalam and Sekulat in Selimbau Sub-district; and Sepandan Village in Batang Lupar Sub-district.

“Military personnel will be deployed to the seven villages and join the police, BPBD, and locals,” Rupinus noted.

Source: ANTARA News