Police are close to identifying two men suspected of carrying out an acid attack on a prominent antigraft investigator seven months ago, a police chief said on Friday (24/11) after a coordination meeting with antigraft officials. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Police Close to Identifying Attackers of Prominent Antigraft Investigator

BY :ALIN ALMANAR

NOVEMBER 25, 2017

Jakarta. Police are close to identifying two men suspected of carrying out an acid attack on a prominent antigraft investigator seven months ago, a police chief said on Friday (24/11) after a coordination meeting with antigraft officials.

His comments come amid doubts surrounding a prolonged police probe into the incident that activists have described as an act of terror against the independent antigraft body's fight against corruption.

Senior Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan's face was burned by acid that was thrown by two men on a motorcycle near his home in South Jakarta in early April.

Police, in a joint press conference with KPK officials on Friday, publicized sketches of the two men's faces and said it is highly likely that they were the suspected attackers.

The drawings depict a man with short hair and dark skin and another man with long hair and bright skin.

The sketches were made amid a police probe involving 167 investigators and 66 witnesses, Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Idham Azis said.

"Based on the witnesses' testimonies, the two in the drawing are 90 percent the ones allegedly implicated in the acid attack," he said at KPK headquarters.

"We've already been mapping out their families, backgrounds, occupations," Idham said, but added that the two men's exact identities remain unclear.

Police have yet to establish any motives behind the attack, the police chief added.

Police and KPK officials have earlier held several similar coordination meetings regarding their joint probe into the incident, which required antigraft investigator Novel to be flown to Singapore for eye surgery.

National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian visited KPK headquarters in late June.

Antigraft and human rights activists have repeatedly called for the establishment of an independent joint fact-finding team directly led by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to investigate the incident.

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