Wednesday, 20 October 2021 | 14:12 WIB

Police Chief Instructs Bareskrim Head to Reopen Case of Munir’s Death

National Police Chief General Muhammad Tito Karnavian

JAKARTA, NNC - The murder case of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib until now is considered incomplete.

Related to this, the National Police (Polri) Criminal Investigation Agency (Bareskrim) and the Attorney General's Office (AGO) are going to reopen the death case of the human rights activist Munir Said Thalib after the Fact Finding Team (TPF) in the case submits a new fact document (novum) to the Government.

Head of the Public Relations Division of the National Police Headquarters Inspector General Setyo Wasisto revealed that National Police Chief General Muhammad Tito Karnavian had instructed Head of Bareskrim Inspector General of Police Arief Sulistyanto to reopen the case of Munir's death. Setyo said Bareskrim Head is currently conducting research on the case of Munir's death to reveal the names of those allegedly involved in the case.

"The National Police Chief has instructed the new Head of Bareskrim to investigate the case again. We will open the case file again to investigate and explore, we will check the truth," he said, Monday (9/3/2018).

Meanwhile, Attorney General HM Prasetyo admitted that he was ready to reopen the case of Munir's death. However, according to him, the obstacles faced by the Attorney General's Office to investigate the case were that there were no original documents, only photocopied documents with no official signatures.

"We have checked with the State Secretariat, but the file is not available. So, what exists and is circulating now is a copy of the documents that has no signature. This is an important issue, therefore we must refer to the original documents," he said.

According to Prasetyo, the prosecutor assigned to examine the case file for Munir's killing could not refer to a non-original file or document because the results of the study were feared to be wrong. He said it would move if the original new proof document had been received.

"If we refer to documents that are not original or hearsay, later it can be wrong and the results are not good. We will just wait, it was said [new fact documents] have been submitted to the State Secretariat but it is not on State Secretariat," he said.