Supporters of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) and its coordinator Haris Azhar. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A)

Anti-Money Laundering Agency Joins Police, TNI Independent Drug Probe


AUGUST 17, 2016

Jakarta. Members from a police-initiated independent team will meet anti-money laundering agency officials soon to investigate the alleged involvement of law enforcers in drug-trafficking rings in the country.

The Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) recently found suspicious transactions of funds worth Rp 3.6 trillion ($275 million) allegedly involving the bank accounts of members of Freddy Budiman's drug syndicate, including those overseas.

"We have prepared a number of questions alongside their matrix. We will convey them when we meet with the PPATK later," team member and University of Indonesia communications expert Effendi Gazali said on Tuesday (16/08).

The National Police established the independent team earlier this month following accusations revealed by the coordinator of Jakarta-based human rights group KontraS, Haris Azhar, that members of the National Police, National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and military (TNI) allegedly helped Freddy run his drug business.

The team is led by the National Police's general supervision unit head Comr. Gen. Dwi Priyatno and includes Effendi, National Police Commission member Poengky Indarti and the head of human rights group Setara Institute head, Hendardi.

Haris revealed late last month that Freddy had given more than Rp 450 billion to officers from the BNN and Rp 90 billion to officers from the National Police in kickbacks. The revelation was based on testimony by Freddy, whom Haris met with on the prison island of Nusakambangan two years ago.