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KPK, AGO must secure top cop's approval to launch probe on police officers

Jakarta Globe - December 19, 2016

Jakarta The National Police have issued a circular letter that prohibits other law enforcers including national antigraft agency KPK and the Attorney General's Office, or AGO from launching investigations on police officers without a permission from National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian.

The circular letter was issued last Wednesday (14/12) and signed by the police's internal affairs division chief Insp. Gen. Idham Azis.

National Police spokesman Chief Comr. Martinus Sitompul said the circular letter was issued to familiarize police officers in regional areas with the standard operational procedures on internal security affairs. The spokesman said the letter will not hinder other law enforcers from doing their job.

"The letter was issued to maintain good relationship between the central police and the regional police. A police chief must be informed if his subordinates are being investigated," Martinus told reporters at the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta on Monday.

The police promise it will announce publicly the names of police officers who were found to have violated the law or the force's code of conducts.

"At the end of each year, we will announce the names of police officers who have broken the law and those who have been involved in a criminal investigation, disciplinary offenses or found to have violated our own code of conducts. The letter is just to make sure everyone within the police force is kept informed. Nothing irregular about it," Martinus said.

Source: http://jakartaglobe.id/news/kpk-ago-must-secure-top-cops-approval-launch-probe-police-officers/.

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