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Rights group criticizes AGO for 'giving up' on Munir case

Jakarta Globe - September 10, 2011

Jakarta – Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator, Haris Azhar, has criticized Attorney General Basrief Arief for "giving up", after he pronounced that the Munir case had reached its end.

"It means that the Attorney General has given up on normative law, which has failed to provide justice," Haris said Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.

He explained that the Attorney General's Office, along with other law enforcers, should have evaluated their slow handling of the Munir case.

"Ideally, legal institutions involved should get together and evaluate and find a solution to a stalled legal process," he said. "How can it be that a citizen is systematically murdered but no one is guilty," he said.

On Wednesday, Basrief Arief said that the Attorney General's Office had been serious in handling the Munir case and had investigated it until its completion.

Human rights icon Munir died of arsenic poisoning on board a Garuda Indonesia flight from Jakarta to the Netherlands in 2004.