Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis has appointed President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's former adjutant, Insp. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo, as the chief detective to lead the police's Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim).
According to a telegram issued by the National Police on Friday, Listyo replaced Idham, who previously served as the Bareskrim chief before being inaugurated to helm the National Police last month.
Prior to his appointment as the country's top detective, Listyo – a 1991 graduate of the police academy – served as the National Police's internal affairs division chief.
Throughout his career, he has served in a number of positions, including as the police chief in Pati, Sukoharjo and Surakarta, all in Central Java. He also led the Southeast Sulawesi Police's general crime unit division in 2013.
He was appointed as Jokowi's adjutant in 2014 – a position Listyo held for two years – after the former Surakarta mayor won the 2014 presidential election. He was later promoted in 2016 to Banten Police chief.
Listyo is expected to continue the investigation into the unsolved acid attack on senior Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan.
Upon his inauguration as the National Police chief on Nov. 1, Idham had said that his successor in Bareskrim would be tasked with continuing the probe into Novel's case – which remains shrouded in mystery despite months of investigation by a fact-finding team previously led by Idham himself.
KPK deputy chairman Laode M. Syarif said in response to Listyo's appointment that he hoped the new chief detective would be able to help the antigraft body find Novel's attacker.
"We would like to congratulate Listyo on his new position. Hopefully the cooperation between the KPK and the National Police will improve under his leadership," Laode said on Friday.