Susno's Replacement Not Linked to KPK Scandal: National Police Chief

"Insp. Gen. Ito Sumardi will replace Comr. Gen. Susno Duadji
as National Police chief detective"

National Police Chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri has denied allegations that Susno Duadji’s replacement as chief detective was related to the alleged scandal at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). “No, this is (demotion) just an ordinary thing. Susno is now a senior official in the National Police headquarters, because we haven’t found a suitable position for him,” Bambang said on Wednesday. He said the change was purely for the sake of police organization. Susno was replaced by Ito Sumardi, an adviser to the National Police Chief. The reshuffle was announced on Tuesday night. Activists had long called for Susno’s removal following the release of wiretapped tape recordings implicating him in a plot to frame two KPK officials — Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra M Hamzah — for corruption. Bambang also announced the National Police’s intention to follow President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s instructions to eradicate case brokers by tightening access to its criminal investigation unit. “We will install surveillance equipment (at the unit). Starting next Monday, we will put an officer there to record any unidentified people who frequently visit the department. Journalists are welcome to provide information too,” Bambang said. Even though he said the police would follow up on Yudhoyono’s demands, the police will still hand over anticorruption agency deputy Chandra M Hamzah’s completed dossier to the Attorney General’s Office on Thursday, despite the president’s request that the case be settled out of the courts. Fellow KPK deputy Bibit Samad Rianto’s dossier was still being reviewed by the AGO. “Let’s just follow the developments,” Bambang said.

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