By : Lieutenant General (Ret) Soedibyo *)
A cruel attack has been launched against Novel Baswedan by two person who are not temporarily identified but the Police is expected to find and to capture them soon. Novel Baswedan was not dead or bloody wounded bud his two eyes have been hit seriously by a chemical liquid thrown on his face. Novel now could see nothing. The medical treatment is now being done hoping he will not be blind and could normally see as usual. However this expectation will likely take long time . Novel was attack using likely a glass of chemical liquid of H2SO4, a danger chemical liquid, throwing to Novel’s face and definitely also hit his two eyes. This chemical liquid is very dangerous because it is sharply hurt the human skin. With this attack Novel could directly see nothing.
Novel is popular Professional Investigator, a Retired Police Officer, now he is working for the Corruption Eradication Commission. He is likely considered as one of the main professional investigators who is coordinating the various investigation of crucial corruption investigation cases detected by KPK.
Analyst tend to predict this two un-identified persons who attack Novel are not professional killer but two persons of hard and cruel character who do not want to kill Novel but making Novel lame and could not continue his profession. This two cruel person are just hired by any one or any group committed to corruption case handled by KPK. The cruel physical attack happened to Novel is definitely the sabotage against Novel and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) because Novel would not able to continue his profession. Because Novel is important person the attack against him is definitely intended to sabotage the operation of the Corruption Eradication Commission.
Accordingly, what is actually the background of this cruel attack against Novel as predicted by various observers are likely true: firstly, The attack against Novel is done by someone or any group who are committed to any giant corruption case being investigated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). The corruptor should not necessary doing the attack by him himself but he may hire someone to do it. But there are too many giant corruption cases are now investigated by KPK, so it is difficult to predict which case to be likely involved. It is expected the Police to have excellent capability to investigate it.
Secondly, the attack against Novel is the preventive or counter action of someone or any group who are committed to the giant corruption scandal case that is being tackled by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Now there are a number of giant or mass corruption being investigated by KPK. The objective of this attack is definite classic intention to make the Corruption Eradication Commission could not continue to complete the investigation of the corruption concerns. Sabotage against Novel is an attack to lame duck the Corruption Eradication Commission.
Beside the corruption case people tend to remember to the old case committed to Novel when he was Chief of Police Investigator in Bengkulu some years ago he was accused to make cruel investigation that caused someone who was accused as the thief died. Novel was freed but it might be still considered as unfinished problem by someone involving this prblem. The case of Bengkulu is also analyzed as the possible background attack against Novel recently but people tend to consider the attack against Novel recently is the effort of a certain group of people to sabotage the Operation of the Corruption Eradication Commision (KPK).
The prediction that the attack against Novel is actually the sabotage against KPK are basically describing the general conclusion of analysis done by various Observers who tend to predict the attack against Novel was organized by someone or a group of persons who are now committed to a spectacular corruption scandal handled by KPK. The objective of this counter action is definitely to stop the criminal investigation that is intensively operated by KPK. Base of this general prediction the attack against Novel is definitely the sabotage to destroy the Investigation Capability of KPK because Novel is the Senior and the most skillful Investigators who is coordinating the investigation operation of various giant corruption scandal handled by KPK now.
Based on this dramatic prediction people also likely wish to remind the respective governmental authority that this counter attack is not only done against Novel but to destroy the investigation capability of KPK. More dramatically to erase the existence of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) from the political and economic scene of the Government.
Accordingly observers tend to suggest the strategic and tactical steps to consolidate The Existence of The Corruption Eradication Commission should be made urgently :
The Personal Security of the members of KPK mainly all the Leaders and the Investigators of KPK should be definitely tightened.
The Document Security concerning the Corruption cases handled by KPK and mainly all the Document on giant Corruption Scandal that are saved by Novel should be urgently made the inventory and especially saved.
Not any statement concerning the activities of KPK released by the Public Relation of KPK and other officials of KPK. The Job of the Public Relation of KPK is temporarily deleted.
Gradually the character of KPK to be changed similar to the character of the Police Investigation Center and the Junior Attorney General for Intelligence. Though these two Government Office are publicly known but their internal situation and their activities are closed for public.
Information release is only made concerning the Trial resulted by the Investigation of KPK without revealing any name of KPK Investigator.
The principle of democratic open information for the media is not valid for KPK.
Since the amendment of Law on KPK that should be done by The House of the Representatives is full of controversial idea so it is likely the new Law on KPK as the new close Organization for combating the corruption should be likely declared based on the Presidential right to establish an emergency Law ( The President Decision Applied as Law). The name of the Chairman of KPK could be introduced to the public bud all the persons of the members of KPK are close for the public. Their name will never be released to public.
KPK is historically an emergency organization but considering the corruption threat is so eminent in this country and may happens in the regional development the existence of KPK should be likely considered as a part of Government Structure such as BPK.
*) The writer is a strategic law and political observer in Indonesia.