SBY Orders Police to Leave Driving Simulator Case to KPK

By webadmin on 09:32 pm Oct 08, 2012
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President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday ordered the National Police to hand over the
investigation into the driving simulator graft case completely to the
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

   

“The
investigation into the alleged graft involving the driving simulator and Insp.
Gen. Djoko Susilo should be handled by the KPK and not divided [between the two
institutions],” Yudhoyono said in a late night press conference at the
Presidential Palace following a closed-door meeting with KPK commissioners and
the National Police chief.

   

“The National
Police can handle other cases,” the president added.

   

Yudhoyono also criticized the attempt to
arrest Comr. Novel Baswedan
, a top KPK investigator, on Friday over allegations
that he murdered a fisherman when acting as a detective in Bengkulu eight years
ago. Though he did not ask the National Police to stop the investigation,
he criticized the timing.

   

Novel
is one of the five police investigators assigned to the KPK who refused to
follow the recall order issued by the National Police.

 

“The
issues related to the working term of National Police investigators assigned to
work with the KPK should be rearranged and will be stipulated in a government
regulation,” he said.

   

Yudhoyono said he would issue a government regulation stipulating that the working term of police investigators assigned to the KPK is four years, as opposed to the current “maximum of four years,” so they could not be recalled at just any time by the National Police.   

He also said that the investigators could be recruited by the KPK, but should undergo the right process, adding that in this case both the KPK and police have made wrong decisions.
 
At the
same time, Yudhoyono reminded the public and both institutions not to look at
every single thing done by the National Police as an effort to weaken the KPK.

   

He also
asked KPK to listen to the police’s criticism that the KPK often speaks to the media
about its conflict with the police, instead of solving its problem with the
National Police.

   

“I hope
the KPK and National Police renew their agreement, obey and implement it,” the
president said. “Improve the synergy and coordination in combating corruption
so conflict in corruption eradication would not happen again in the future.”   

The relationship between the National Police and the KPK has been tense since the antigraft agency began investigating police generals, the latest of which is former Traffic Corps head Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, who is accused of received a Rp 2 billion ($209,000) kickback to award a Rp 198 billion contract for driving simulators to an unqualified company acting as a middleman.    

The National Police has insisted that it started investigating the case before the KPK did. Both institutions have named their own suspects.