National Police Chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti, right, shakes hands with his predecessor, Gen. Sutarman, in this file photo from January. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)

Former Police Chief Sutarman Announces Retirement


OCTOBER 05, 2015

Jakarta. After months of speculation, the former chief of National Police, Gen. Sutarman, has confirmed that he will retire by the end of October after turning 58, the retirement age.

“We will have a ceremony for him and other high-ranking officers of the National Police who will also retire by the beginning of the next year,” the current chief, Gen. Badrodin Haiti, said on Sunday.

President Joko Widodo officially discharged Gen. Sutarman on Jan.16 from his position as the National Police chief and placed Badrodin, the then-acting deputy, in charge as the new police chief.

However, critics argue that the decision was premature and without merit. According to Indonesian law, the president can only temporarily discharge the police chief in a  situation where he is named as a criminal suspect, or when he is suffering from a disability. In this case, there seemed to be little reason prompting the move, and no further explanation was given, other than the police chief's age.

Initially slated to replace Sutarman was Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan, but the president backed out of the decision after Budi was named a graft suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).