The Indonesian National Police is still considered not transparent enough in handling the case of the death of Brigadier J alias Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabarat involving Inspector General Ferdy Sambo. This was revealed in a survey conducted by the National Survey Institute (LSN) on August 29 to September 2, 2022. The Executive Director of LSN, Gema Nusantara Bakry, explained that based on the results of their survey 51.5 percent of the public still considered the Police to be not transparent. Only a few stated that the Police had been transparent. “Regarding the handling of the Ferdy Sambo case, the majority of the public, 51.5 percent still consider the Police to be not transparent, 32.9 percent consider it transparent, and 15.6 respondents said they don’t know,” said Gema in his presentation, Monday, September 5, 2022. “The public suspects that there are still some things that are not disclosed to the public,” he said.
Police Professionalism Doubtful and Death Penalty For Sambo
In this survey, NGOs stated that they interviewed respondents by telephone. A total of 1,230 respondents were selected using a systematic random sampling method. NGOs claim the margin of error for this survey is plus or minus 2.79 percent and the level of confidence reaches 95 percent. The case of Brigadier J’s murder also had an impact on the level of public trust in the Police. Gema stated that only 42.6 percent of the public said they still believed in the professionalism of the Police. As many as 45.3 percent of the public said they did not or lack confidence in the National Police while another 12.1 percent said they did not know or did not answer. A total of 53.4 percent of the community is also said to expect Ferdy Sambo to get the death penalty. Only 22.5 percent of the public wanted Sambo to get life imprisonment and 10.2 percent agreed with a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. “Another 13.9 percent said they don’t know,” said Gema
Ferdy Sambo is thought to be the mastermind behind the assassination of Brigadier J on 8 July. The police charged the two-star general with Article 340 of the Criminal Code, which is subordinated to Article 338 in conjunction with Articles 55 and 56 of the Criminal Code. Apart from Sambo, the police have also named four other suspects, namely Bharada E alias Richard Eliezer Pudihang Lumiu, Bripka Ricky Rizal, Kuat Ma’ruf and Putri Candrawathi.