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KPK declines police proposal for joint team

Jakarta Post - August 1, 2017

Jakarta The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has declined a proposal from National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian to set up a joint investigation team into the acid attack on KPK investigator Novel Baswedan, its spokesman has said.

KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said that the responsibility for investigating the case lay fully with the police. "This is a purely criminal case that falls under the purview of the National Police," Febri said as quoted by tempo.co on Tuesday.

He said that the KPK had jurisdiction only in handling corruption cases. The anti-graft body, however, lauded the meeting between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Tito on Monday, saying that it was a move in the right direction for the Novel case.

Following his meeting with President Jokowi on Monday, Tito proposed the establishment of a joint police-KPK investigative team.

"If our credibility is under doubt, then I think a KPK team would be more trusted by the public and hence [more] credible. So why not establish a joint team," Tito told reporters.

Tito, however, brushed off the idea of setting up a special and independent fact-finding team to investigate the acid attack on Novel, which took place in April this year.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/01/kpk-declines-police-proposal-for-joint-team.html.

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