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Cablegate: Senior Police Official Replaced Amid Corruption

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SUBJECT: SENIOR POLICE OFFICIAL REPLACED AMID CORRUPTION
CONTROVERSY

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2. (SBU) On November 24 the Indonesian National Police (INP)
replaced General Susno Duadji, head of the INP's Criminal
Investigation Division (CID). An INP spokesman stated the
move was part of routine personnel rotations among senior
police officials. However, Duadji's removal surprised many
observers given that the INP had suspended him a few days
earlier only to reinstate him shortly thereafter (see
reftel). Additionally, national police chief Bambang
Hendarso Danuri had said that no senior police officials
would resign in connection with several ongoing
controversies. General Ito Sumardi, currently a senior
advisor to INP Chief Danuri, will take over leadership of the
CID. (Note: Bio information on General Sumardi follows in
paragraph 3.)

3. (SBU) Activists hailed the move and pointed to Duadji's
alleged involvement in the ongoing controversy between the
INP and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). (Note:
Mission will provide a full update on the controversy via
septel.) Duadji was identified in wiretapped conversations
with prosecutors, businessmen and other police officials.
Supporters of the KPK claimed that the conversations were
part of a plot to frame two KPK commissioners, who were
indicted on charges of criminal misconduct but were released
following disclosure of the tapes.

4. (SBU) Biographical Information: Police Inspector General
Ito Sumardi has served as a senior advisor to INP Chief
Bambang Hendarso Danuri since January 2009. Prior to that,
he served as police chief in Riau and South Sumatra
provinces. He was security commander for the Aceh Peace
Monitoring Mission and a commander of the INP's humanitarian
task forces following the December 2004 Aceh tsunami. He
also commanded a UN police contingent in Eastern Slavonia,
Croatia. Sumardi was born in Bogor, West Java, on June 17,
1953, and entered the police academy in 1977. He holds
advanced degrees in criminal law and business administration.
In October 2009 he participated in the USG-sponsored Rule of
Law Forum and traveled to Washington, DC, and Texas.

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