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Suciwati concerned about integrity of other law enforcement agencies

Kompas - June 20, 2008

Jakarta – With the naming of former National Intelligence Agency (BIN) deputy Muchdi Purwo Prandjono as a suspect in the Munir murder case, it is appropriate that police be commended. Munir’s widow Suciwati however admits to being worried about the continuation of the case, particularly in relation to the integrity of other law enforcement agencies such as the Attorney General’s Office and the courts.

“Will there still be a commitment because the police’s hard work must also be accompanied by a quality prosecutor and judge that can compliment it. Don’t let it turn out like Pollycarpus [Budihari Priyanto] that had to drag on for so long whereas the fact already existed”, said Suciwati at a press conference at the offices of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) in Jakarta on Friday June 20.

Suciwati revealed that the naming of Prandjono as a suspect represents a long wait after Munir’s death four years ago and repeated rejections of recommendations [that he be investigated].

Solidarity Action Committee for Munir (KASUM) chairperson Usman Hamid said that there is no need to form a new Fact Finding Team (TPF). “The most important thing is monitoring from other institutions”, said Hamid.

Former TPF member Hendardi meanwhile said that police have a duty to find out whether Prandjono’s involvement also indicates the involvement of BIN as an institution in the premeditated murder or whether Prandjono is simply involved as an individual because he once saw Munir as a figure that was vocal on human rights issues.

[Translated by James Balowski.]

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