Jakarta Police accused of criminalizing whistleblower

Jakarta Police accused of criminalizing whistleblower

The Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) has criticised the Jakarta Police for issuing a judicial corruption whistleblower with a Red Notice - an Interpol notice that seeks the arrest of wanted persons.

LPSK member Teguh Soedarsono said on Tuesday that the whistleblower, identified as SW, had been a witness in numerous bribery cases implicating Supreme Court justices and police generals.

"The witness is under LPSK protection. The Red Notice declares him a fugitive," he said after discussing the issue with National Police Commission (Kompolnas) members in South Jakarta.

The Jakarta Police have named SW, a businessman, a suspect in the attempted rape of his former girlfriend, Safersa Yusana.

Safersa, who filed the report with the police, is the secretary of a lawyer named Lucas.

SW revealed to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Judicial Commission that Lucas had paid billions of rupiah in bribes to dozens of judges and police generals.

"[SW] revealed suspected bribery cases implicating justices at the Supreme Court and regional courts and police. It seems that [he also revealed alleged bribery] at the Constitutional Court," Teguh said.

He added that SW had also served as a witness in a case implicating Sudjiono Timan, a fugitive and graft convict who was cleared of all charges by the Supreme Court in August.

Sudjiono, during his tenure as president director of state-owned company PT Bahana Pembinaan Usaha Indonesia (BPUI) from 1994 to 2001, allegedly disbursed hundreds of billions of rupiah to several companies that were not qualified to receive the funds.

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