Hearings of Novel Baswedan’s Case: Prosecutor needs to reveal the motives and brains behind the attack

Novel Baswedan’s Team of lawyers hopes that the Public Prosecutor can reveal the motive behind the attack against Novel and the actors involved. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Jakarta – The case of splash­ing acid attack against Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi – “KPK”) investigator Novel Baswedan has entered a new stage. Investigation of the acid attack, which occurred on 11 April 2017, finally shed some light at the end of the tun­nel when the Metro Jaya Provin­cial Precinct named Rony Bugis and Rahmat Kadir as suspects in the attack in December 2019. The case, which caused Novel partial loss of his vision, will be heard for the first time in the District Court of North Jakarta on Thursday (19/03/2020), with the agenda of reading out the charges against the two defendants.

Novel’s Team of lawyers hopes that the Public Prosecutor can reveal the motive behind the at­tack against Novel and the actors involved. They also hope that the Prosecutor can bring out strong evidence in the court, and prose­cute the defendants to the utmost limits of the Law while remaining objective. “After all, we note that the Case is not just an attack against an individual, but a direct attack on KPK and efforts to erad­icate corruption,” Team member Alghiffari Aqsa, S.H., said.

Alghiffari said that the Advo­cates’ Team will continue to mon­itor the Court’s proceedings, even though they are not making any special plans yet for the first ses­sion. “We are just going to monitor the proceedings. With the existing pandemic, we will not be inviting a lot of people to attend the hearing either,” he said.

Similar Alghiffari, the Corrup­tion Eradication Commission’s Employee Forum (Wadah Pega­wai Komisi Pemberantasan Korup­si – “WP KPK”) will also monitor the first hearing of the attack of Novel as a senior KPK investiga­tion. “We will attend while review­ing the situation; we will see what the charges will be,” WP KPK’s Chairman, Yudi Purnomo Hara­hap, stated at the KPK Building in Jakarta.

WP KPK expects that the read­ing of the charges will reveal sa­lient facts in the attack on Novel. Furthermore, they expect that all actors will be revealed as the hear­ing proceeds. “That is our expecta­tions, and we will attend if possi­ble, to see how things go. After all, this is important,” Yudi said.

Apart from KPK, the Koalisi Masyarakat Sipil or Civilian Com­munity Coalition, who serve as Novel’s Legal Counsel, has con­firmed their attendance. “There­fore we will see how the proceed­ings will go. It is important to listen to the charges because it summarizes the process from start to end, and describes facts of the perpetrators’ actions,” Yudi said.

The Police have announced ear­lier that Rony was the person who splashed Novel with acid, together with Rahmat who drove the mo­torcycle. However, their motive for attacking Novel remains unclear even till now. It is only known that Rony has been recorded as shouting that he dislikes Novel Baswedan. “For the record, I don’t like that man,” Rony is quoted of saying it once. (Dan)