Jakarta (ANTARA) - Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko reiterated that the Indonesian police needed more time to uncover the Novel Baswedan acid attack case contrary to President Joko Widodo's three-month period given to Police Chief General Tito Karnavian.

Moeldoko contended here on Friday that solving this case of assault was no easy task, as the crime was committed in darkness, while the CCTV cameras installed at the scene of crime could not give clear evidence of the perpetrators of the attack.

On Friday, President Widodo gave three more months to the police chief to uncover the assault case, he noted, adding that this given time period was shorter than six months that General Tito Karnavian has set as the targeted time period for a technical team that he had set up to continue the work of the joint team handling the Baswedan case.

In connection with the Baswedan case, the National Police had set up a joint team, whose members comprise those from the police, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), and academic community as well as community figures in early this year.

The formation of the joint team is based on the National Police Chief's letter of assignment Sgas/3/I/HUK.6.6./2019, dated January 8, 2019, which was valid for six months, or until July 7, 2019.

The establishment of this joint team was a concrete response to the recommendation of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) team for monitoring the legal process to National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian and President Widodo.

This joint team of the Novel Baswedan case had publicly announced the outcome of its work on July 17, 2019, in which it recommended that General Karnavian set up a technical team and direct its radar on three people, who might have been linked to the acid attack.

The acid attack on Baswedan, a senior investigator of the anti-graft body, occurred on April 11, 2017, while he was heading home after performing Fajr, or the Dawn prayer, at a mosque near his house, had harmed his eyes, necessitating medical treatment in Jakarta and Singapore.

The acid attack was reportedly launched by two motorcyclists, but they had managed to escape and are still at large until now. This retired police officer had joined the anti-graft agency in 2007 and since then had been frequently terrorized and attacked.

In 2012, Baswedan's motorcycle was seriously damaged after being attacked by supporters of convicted Amran Batalipu, a former district head of Buol, in Central Sulawesi Province.

Translator: Desca LN, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Bambang Purwanto
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