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Jokowi summons top officials over prosecutor spying

JAKARTA (ANN/JAKARTA POST) – President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has summoned National Police Chief Gen Listyo Sigit Prabowo and Attorney General ST Burhanuddin following reports of police surveillance on a prosecutor from the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) by members of the police’s counterterrorism unit, Densus 88.

“I have summoned [the National Police Chief and Attorney General],” Jokowi said during a press conference at Istora Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Monday. He did not elaborate on the outcome of the meeting. “Ask the National Police Chief directly,” he added.

The incident involves an investigator at the AGO’s office of the Special Crimes Deputy Attorney General (Jampidsus), Febrie Adriansyah. He was reportedly surveilled by Densus 88 members while dining at a restaurant in South Jakarta on May 19. Febrie’s aides noticed two men attempting to record his conversation.

Attorney General ST Burhanuddin (left) shakes hands with National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo while attending the launch of Government Technology at the Electronic Based Government System Summit 2024, State Palace, Jakarta, on May 27. PHOTO: ANTARA/THE JAKARTA POST

Febrie is currently leading an investigation into a corruption case involving the publicly listed tin miner PT Timah, which is believed to have caused IDR271 trillion (USD 16.9 billion) in losses to the state.

Experts suggest that the alleged police surveillance of an AGO official points to a potential conflict between the two institutions. However, both Listyo and Burhanuddin assured on Monday that their relations remain intact.

Additionally, an Indonesian Military (TNI) spokesman confirmed that military police had been deployed to guard the AGO headquarters and provide security to the investigators.

In a related development, Febrie and another AGO official were reported to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for allegedly misappropriating confiscated assets intended for auction by the AGO’s Asset Recovery Center (PPA). Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) head Sugeng Teguh Santoso reported the head of the PPA, identified only as ST, for setting a limit on the auction price, which Febrie approved, resulting in state losses of IDR9.3 trillion.