Finnaly Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan was released after confusing report in media. President Jokowi had instructed Police Chief Badrodin Haiti not to detain Novel to avoid unnecesary happened. Police Chief gave unclear message that detaining and not detain is up the investigators. Therefore, confusing situation appear because some of people paricularly businessmen think that this could be happened to them.
Novel interrogation and investigation make Indonesia one more again focus on not important issue. This raised questions among foreigner and investors that reflect there is unclear law process in Indonesia. Someone could be detained due to criminal case which happened long time ago because the person againts government officials. This case give bad perception that officials who held power can find weakness and investigate someone with certain reason that might not in strong case.
According Novel’s lawyer the investigation of Novel case in 2004 raised suspicious that this act is criminalisation of the KPK investigator. In 2012, Novel’s case dominated political affairs after KPK investigate high ranking traffic management official suspect of corruption. Afte quite long periode, police rush to interrogaet Novel for same case. Novel’s lawyer does not fully understand reason of police except that police try to find criminal case relate to his client.
According to Jakarta Post, Novel was arrested for questioning on Friday by the National Police for a 2004 case. He was detained briefly at the detention center of the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) Headquarters before being flown to Bengkulu. The 2004 case involved a number of officers under Novel while he was serving as the Bengkulu Police’s chief of detectives. Novel had assumed responsibility for his subordinates’ actions and received harsh reprimands. ***