Jakarta. National Police Deputy Chief Comr. Gen. Badrodin Haiti gave suspended antigraft fighter Bambang Widjojanto an ultimatum on Friday, saying police would likely arrest him if he misses another interrogation session with investigators.
Bambang, who until recently was deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), snubbed a police summons for the second time on Friday.
Instead, his lawyers arrived at the National Police headquarters to inform them he was not coming.
Muhammad Isnur, a member of Bambang’s legal counsel, said despite being suspended from active duty by President Joko Widodo due to his ongoing legal case, Bambang was “assigned [a task] by the acting KPK commissioners” to perform some undisclosed work at the KPK office in Kuningan, South Jakarta.
Another lawyer for Bambang, Lelyana Santosa, said the antigraft agency would send a letter to the National Police’s detectives unit justifying his absence, which she declined to explain to reporters.
Bambang had already snubbed one summons earlier. Deputy police chief Badrodin warned, however, that police would not be so tolerant the third time.
“If he doesn’t come [again, police] will be ordered to bring him in [by force],” he said.
Bambang, who was arrested once before on Jan. 23, is accused of compelling witnesses to commit perjury in an election dispute case he handled as a lawyer in 2010.
The arrest — and subsequent criminal probes against other KPK commissioners — was widely seen as a retaliation by the police against the KPK for naming Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan, a police chief nominee, a corruption suspect.
KPK officials allege that between 2003 and 2006, some Rp 54 billion ($4.2 million) flowed through Budi’s personal bank accounts, and have charged him with bribery and money laundering.
When summoned for questioning on Tuesday, Bambang arrived with a letter explaining his grounds for rejecting the summons. He argued the police had not given him the results of several witness examinations, which a suspect is entitled to by law.
Bambang has also objected to his Jan. 23 arrest, reporting it to the National Commission on Human Rights and the Indonesian Ombudsman.
The Ombudsman on Tuesday announced several irregularities in the arrest including the presence of Sr. Comr. ViKtor E. Simanjuntak, of the National Police’s Education Institute (Lemdikpol), which Budi Gunawan currently oversees.
National Police chief of detectives Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso confirmed Viktor’s presence during Bambang’s arrest, adding that he had instructed Viktor to attend.
Viktor’s presence “was legitimate. There was an instruction letter [for him]. When I need additional force, I can use [officers] from any unit across the country,” said Waseso, a Budi Gunawan acolyte.
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