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Jokowi urged to form independent fact-finding team

Tempo - July 18, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia strongly suggests President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo take proactive action and form an independent fact-finding joint team (TGPF).

The TGPF formed by the police institution had been deemed a misstep as it failed to reveal the acid attack incident experienced by Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan. The team was handed a six-month deadline to solve the case.

"Instead of looking for the suspect or their identities, the team aimed the victim in search for justice Novel Baswedan with unethical accusations," said Puri Kencana Putri, Amnesty International Indonesia campaign manager in a written statement.

Previously, the TGPF team presented their finding at the Indonesian National Police's criminal investigation agency (Bareskrim) and allegedly found that the attack on Novel on April 11, 2017, was motivated by vengeance.

The fact-finding team blamed Novel Baswedan for initially causing it by abusing his authority.

TGPF member Nur Kholis mentioned that the abuse of power helped Novel make new enemies from several people litigating disputes through KPK.

Puri deemed TGPF's findings to be illogical as the team formed an opinion despite not being able to capture the suspect who threw acid at the KPK investigator.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1225898/jokowi-urged-to-form-independent-fact-finding-team