Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan arrives for treatment at Jakarta Eye Center on April 11 following an acid attack by unknown men in Kelapa Gading. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Jokowi Condemns Acid Attack Against KPK Investigator


APRIL 11, 2017

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has condemned the attack on a member of the national antigraft agency on Tuesday morning (11/04) and ordered the police to thoroughly investigate the matter.

Novel Baswedan, a senior investigator at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), suffered serious burns when two unknown men on a motorcycle allegedly threw acid in his face at around 5 a.m., while he was returning home from a nearby mosque in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, following the dawn prayer.

He was rushed to the nearby Mitra Keluarga Hospital for medical treatment.

"This is a violent attack, which I condemn in the strongest terms. I have ordered the National Police chief to find the perpetrators. Do not allow people with strong principles like [Novel] be violated in such a cruel manner. I think this kind of incident must not be allowed to happen again," the president said.

He urged all KPK investigators to be more security conscious to prevent further attacks.

"All the investigators; all investigators should be aware of [any possible attacks]," Jokowi said. "This is a criminal [act]. It is the duty of the National Police chief to find [the perpetrators]."

Indonesia Corruption Watch suspects that the acid attack may be related to the KPK's marathon probe of politicians allegedly involved in the high-profile electronic identity card (e-KTP) corruption case.

The organization has called on law enforcers to investigate the attack and bring thoseĀ responsibleĀ for it to justice.

Novel, the cousin of Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Anies Baswedan, is currently investigating the Rp 2.3 trillion ($173 million) e-KTP corruption case in which several senior politicians, including House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto and Justice Minister Yasonna Laoly have been implicated.

Setya and Yasonna have both denied any wrongdoing and they have not been indicted.

The e-KTP project was supposed to provide biometric ID cards to all Indonesians aged 17 years and older.

It was mothballed in October 2015 following a series of problems, including a late start, technical glitches and officials demanding payments from residents to provide the ostensibly free service.

Watch Indonesia Highlights at 8 p.m. tonight on the Jakarta Globe News Channel and Facebook Live to find out more about a recent attack against KPK investigator Novel Baswedan.