Former National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti. (ID Photo/Emral Syah)

New Chief Detective to Assess Cases Handled by Ousted Budi Waseso

BY :YASHINTO SEMBIRING

SEPTEMBER 08, 2015

Jakarta. National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti has instructed the newly appointed chief of detectives Anang Iskandar to compile a list of cases handled by his predecessor Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso, to assess which ones should be prioritized and which may be dropped.

Anang was inaugurated on Monday at the National Police’s headquarter office in Jakarta, switching positions with Waseso, who took over Anang’s previous job as the head of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN).

“We have reviewed them [the cases]. I told [Anang] to make a list, of cases still under preliminary investigation and of cases already under criminal investigation,” Badrodin said on Monday.

He confirmed a case already under criminal investigation can’t just be stopped, but cases in which evidence is still being gathered may be abandoned.

Previously, anti-graft activists called on the new chief of detectives to review many controversial investigations spearheaded by Waseso, particularly a series of suspiciously timed and dubious investigations against leaders at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) after the agency charged senior police general Budi Gunawan, now the deputy police chief, with undeclared millions of dollars in transactions through his personal bank accounts.

Two KPK commissioners were taken down by Budi Gunawan — chairman Abraham Samad and deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto — after police investigations unveiled cases going back up to a decade ago.

There are other controversial investigations, which activists claim are aimed at weakening the KPK, which have drawn thousands to sign an online petition to have Budi Waseso removed from his position.

But more recently, Waseso launched some unexpected moves, including high-profile raids on state-owned port operator Pelindo II and the Pertamina Foundation. Analysts have suggested the Pelindo raid may have caused him to become a "political victim" of business interests.

Badrodin rejected allegations that Budi's removal was a “request” from the State Palace through Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan, who once said legal enforcement must not create “noise” or negatively impact the economy.

Waseso said on Monday that he believes the police detective unit team will continue the two high-profile cases against Pelindo II and Pertamina.

“The new police chief of detectivse is also aggressive, he has coordinated with me,” he said.

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