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Indonesia: Six months later still no perpetrators found in acid attack against Novel Baswedan

Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal - October 16, 2017

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAU-008-2017

[RE: AHRC-UAC-027-2017: Police fail to effectively investigate acid attack on senior anti-graft investigator; AHRC-UAU-003-2017: Two months later still no perpetrators found in acid attack against Novel Baswedan]

Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the stagnant investigation of the acid attack case against Mr. Novel Baswedan, a senior investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Even after six months, the police investigation has still produced no results. Despite family and public requests for President Joko Widodo to establish a fact finding team to investigate the case, the President is unwilling to do so. Hence, the perpetrators of the attack and their motive remain unknown.

Updated information:

After six months since the acid attack against Mr. Novel Baswedan, Indonesian police have failed to find and arrest the perpetrators. Despite the fact that there was a CCTV and some witnesses around the location where the attack took place, the police have still failed to identify the perpetrators.

Justice for Novel is uncertain, as President Joko Widodo is reluctant to establish a credible and independent Fact Finding Team to support the police investigation. Rather, the President has stated on several occasions, that 'we have to trust and support the police to investigate the case'.

Unfortunately, so far the police has yet announced or provided a progress report of the investigation process.

Therefore, it is difficult for the public and Novel's family to understand how far the police have progressed, what is the real problem, and why six months later, they are still unable to find the perpetrators. So far, the police has examined around 59 witnesses, and the police had also arrested five alleged perpetrators, who were finally released due to lack of evidence. In addition, the police also save 50 CCTV record (copy) and also sought information from many chemical shops to locate the perpetrators, but up until present no one has been named as suspect.

Indonesian civil society continues to question the investigation progress, believing that there is a relation between the acid attack and a high profile corruption case tackled by the KPK. The attack occurred at the same time as when the KPK named chairperson of the House of Representative as suspect of the electronic identity card corruption case (e-KTP). Despite the pre-trial judge having annulled the suspect status of Mr. Setya Novanto, Chairperson of the House of Representative, further investigation is still needed to decide whether or not the acid attack is related to the high profile case.

Suggested action:

Please write to the authorities listed below, asking them to ensure that the police investigation report and progress is made public. Further, President Joko Widodo should establish an independent and credible fact finding team to support the work of the police investigators. In addition, the government should ensure proper protection for Novel and his family, as well as for the work of the Corruption Eradication Commission in general.

The AHRC will write a separate letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment calling for his intervention into this matter.

To support this case, please click here: http://www.urgentappeals.net/support.php?ua=AHRC-UAU-008-2017


Sample letter:

Dear ___________,

Indonesia: Six months later still no perpetrators found in acid attack against Novel Baswedan

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the stagnant investigation of the acid attack case against Mr. Novel Baswedan, a senior investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Even after six months, the police investigation has still produced no results. Despite family and public requests for President Joko Widodo to establish a fact finding team to investigate the case, the President is unwilling to do so. Hence, the perpetrators of the attack and their motive remain unknown.

After six months since the acid attack against Mr. Novel Baswedan, Indonesian police have failed to find and arrest the perpetrators. Despite the fact that there was a CCTV and some witnesses around the location where the attack took place, the police have still failed to identify the perpetrators.

Justice for Novel is uncertain, as President Joko Widodo is reluctant to establish a credible and independent Fact Finding Team to support the police investigation. Rather, the President has stated on several occasions, that 'we have to trust and support the police to investigate the case'.

Unfortunately, so far the police has yet announced or provided a progress report of the investigation process. Therefore, it is difficult for the public and Novel's family to understand how far the police have progressed, what is the real problem, and why six months later, they are still unable to find the perpetrators. So far, the police has examined around 59 witnesses, and the police had also arrested five alleged perpetrators, who were finally released due to lack of evidence. In addition, the police also save 50 CCTV record (copy) and also sought information from many chemical shops to locate the perpetrators, but up until present no one has been named as suspect.

Indonesian civil society continues to question the investigation progress, believing that there is a relation between the acid attack and a high profile corruption case tackled by the KPK. The attack occurred at the same time as when the KPK named chairperson of the House of Representative as suspect of the electronic identity card corruption case (e-KTP). Despite the pre-trial judge having annulled the suspect status of Mr. Setya Novanto, Chairperson of the House of Representative, further investigation is still needed to decide whether or not the acid attack is related to the high profile case.

Therefore, I respectfully request you to ensure that the police investigation report and progress is made public. Further, President Joko Widodo should establish an independent and credible fact finding team to support the work of the police investigators. In addition, the government should ensure proper protection for Novel and his family, as well as the work of the Corruption Eradication Commission in general.

I look forward to your prompt action in this case.

Yours Sincerely,

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Please send your letters to:

1. Mr. Joko Widodo
President of the Republic of Indonesia
Jl. Veteran No. 16
Jakarta Pusat
INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 3458 595
Fax: +62 21 3484 4759
E-mail: webmaster@setneg.go.id

2. Mr. Yasonna Laoly
Minister of Law and Human Rights
Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. 6 7
Kuningan, Jakarta 12940
INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 525 3006, 525 3889
Fax: +62 21 525 3095

3. Dr. Mualimin Abdi SH., MH
Director General of Human Rights
Office of the Director General of Human Rights
Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. 6 7
Kuningan, Jakarta 12940
INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 5253006
Fax: +62 21 5253095

4. General Pol. Drs. H.M. Tito Karnavian, M.A., Ph.D
Chief of National Police (KAPOLRI)
Jl. Trunojoyo No. 3 KebayoranBaru, Jakarta Selatan 12110
INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 384 8537, 726 0306
Fax: +62 21 7220 669
E-mail: info@polri.go.id

5. Police Inspector General Idham Azis
The chief of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Command
Kapolda Metro Jaya
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 55, Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 12190,
INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 5234000
Fax: +62 21 5709250
Email: bidhumas@metro.polri.go.id, humas.pmj@gmail.com

6. Ms. Poengky Indarti
Commissioner of the National Police Commission
Jl. Tirtayasa VII No. 20
KebayoranBaru, Jakarta Selatan
INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 739 2315
Fax: +62 21 739 2352
E-mail: secretariat@kompolnas.go.id, skm@kompolnas.go.id

8. H. Bambang Soesatyo, S.E., M.B.A
Chairperson of the Commission III of The House of Representative
KetuaKomisi III DPR RI
Gedung Nusantara II DPR RI, Lt I
JalanJenderalGatotSubroto, Jakarta,
INDONESIA
Telp: +62 21 -5715566, +62 21-5715569, +62 21-5715864
Fax: +62 21 5715566

9. Mr. Abdul Haris Semendawai
Chairperson of the Agency for Victims and Witness Protection
Lembaga Perlindungan Saksi dan Korban (LPSK)
Jalan Raya Bogor KM. 24 No. 47-49, Susukan, Ciracas, RT.6/RW.1, Susukan, Ciracas, Kota Jakarta Timur, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 13750
Tel: +62 21 29681560
Fax: +62 21 29681551/+62 21 29681557

10. Mr. Nur Kholis
Chairperson of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM)
Jl. Latuharhary No. 4-B
Jakarta 10310
INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 392 5227-30
Fax: +62 21 392 5227
E-mail: info@komnas.go.id

Thank you.

Urgent Appeals Programme
Asian Human Rights Commission (ua@ahrc.asia)

Source: http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAU-008-2017.

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