On cop murder motive, Mahfud: Sensitive, implicating many police top brass

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Mahfud MD
Mahfud MD held a press conference on the murder of Brigadier J. (IO/Dumaz Artadi)

Jakarta, IO – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said that the motive behind the murder of Brigadier Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabarat (Brigadier) J is very sensitive because it involved many high-ranking National Police (Polri) officials.

He explained that uncovering Brigadier J’s murder case is difficult and will take time because of the existence of interest groups within Polri.

He analogized the case being investigated by a special team assembled by the police chief to a caesarean birth which requires a surgery and must be handled with extra caution.

“The important thing now is that ‘the egg has been broken,’ that’s what we appreciate from the Police. With regard to the motive, let the law takes its course,” Mahfud quipped, using an idiom that means to overcome initial hurdles.

Mahfud also cautioned about the safety of Second Patrolman Richard Eliezer Pudihang Lumiu (Bharada E) after he confessed about his role and what actually happened at the crime scene.