Senior antigraft investigator Novel Baswedan says the acid attack that severely injured his eyes three months ago has strengthened his determination to do more in Indonesia's anticorruption drive.(Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)

Human Rights Commission to Investigate Acid Attack on Antigraft Investigator


JUNE 20, 2017

Jakarta. Indonesia's Human Rights Commission, or Komnas HAM, and antigraft activists said on Tuesday (20/06) they are forming a joint fact-finding team to investigate the acid attack on senior antigraft investigator Novel Baswedan, since the police probe into the case seems to have hit a brick wall.

The fact-finding team will give its recommendations directly to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Police investigation into the case has run for more than two months but failed to find any suspects.

Questions are mounting over the investigation as human rights commissioners declared the attack an "extraordinary case."

"Because this is an extraordinary case, it shouldn't be handled conventionally," Maneger Nasution of Komnas HAM told the press. "We've agreed to form a joint fact-finding team."

The team is expected to come up with recommendations for the president within three months and will include police officers and antigraft experts among its members.

Among them are former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioners Bambang Widjojanto and Busyro Muqqodas and former Police Academy lecturer Bambang Umar.

Police have questioned dozens of witnesses in their investigation into the attack, in which two unknown men threw acid on Novel's face near his home in South Jakarta in April.

Novel was leading a KPK investigation into a graft case involving the procurement of electronic identity cards, which allegedly implicated dozens of top government officials and lawmakers.

Maneger said the police might have faced "non-technical matters," which will be the focus of the fact-finding team's work.

"[The investigation failure] isn't a technical matter. The police have that covered. What they're facing are non-technical issues. This is what we'll scrutinize," he said.