The National Police have called on the public to remain patient as they work to resolve their investigation of the April 11 acid attack on Novel Baswedan, a Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, senior investigator.(Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)

Nat’l Police Call on Public to Remain Patient as Acid Attack Investigation Unfolds

BY :FAROUK ARNAZ

MAY 15, 2017

Jakarta. The National Police have called on the public to remain patient as they work to resolve their investigation of the April 11 acid attack on Novel Baswedan, a Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, senior investigator.

"The police will resolve this matter. We have [...] gathered evidence at the crime scene and [...] are looking for possible motives," National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Rikwanto said in Jakarta on Monday (15/05).

Investigators previously suspected three individuals to be linked to the attack and detained one last week based on information obtained from Novel himself.

However, the detained individual was released last Thursday after his alibi was verified by police.

"All alibis have been verified, as [the three individuals] were indeed not at the scene of the crime on April 11," Rikwanto added.

Police are considering possible motives for the attack as they relate to previous corruption cases Novel spearheaded in his work for the KPK.

"We are examining every case handled by Novel and will check to see whether there are individuals who may hold grudges against the investigator," Rikwanto said.

Police investigators are expected to visit Novel again in coming weeks to acquire more information to help them resolve the case.

Novel is currently undergoing treatment in Singapore for severe injuries suffered to his face and eyes.

Rikwanto asked the public to remain patient while police work to resolve the investigation.

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