Police Drop Case Against Sukarno’s Daughter

By : webadmin | on 2:30 PM August 28, 2009
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The National Police have dropped an investigation into the alleged falsification of a high school diploma by Sukmawati Sukarnoputri, the daughter of founding President Sukarno, despite having earlier said that they planned to hand over the case file to the prosecution service on Tuesday.

“If enough evidence had been found, we would have submitted the case to the Attorney General’s Office,” said Brig. Gen. Badrodin Haiti, the National Police’s director for security and transnational crime. “But as we don’t have enough evidence, the case has been closed.”

A formal investigation into the case was launched by police after the Election Supervisory Board, or Bawaslu, reported Sukmawati to the National Police last month. The police alleged she had used a fake school certificate when registering as a legislative candidate for the Marhaenism Indonesian National Party.

Badrodin said the police investigation had not uncovered sufficient evidence to proceed with the case.

“Sukmawati has said that she lost her certificate. She only has a copy of it,” he said. “We couldn’t charge a person with falsifying a school certificate based only on a copy. That would have no basis in law.”

Sukmawati withdrew her candidacy before the investigation began. The General Elections Commission, or KPU, reported her to Bawaslu, which forwarded its findings to the National Police.

Badrodin said the high school Sukmawati claimed to have graduated from, State High School No. 3, or SMA 3, in Jakarta, had no record of whether she had graduated or not as all of the school’s records were destroyed during a 2007 fire.

Consequently, he said, police could not determine whether Sukmawati had indeed falsified the document.

“We have already looked through all of the data at SMA 3, but have come up with nothing,” he said.