President Jokowi Meets with TNI Commander Regarding Firearm Purchase Issue

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 27 September 2017
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President Jokowi talks to reporters at the Jakarta Convention Center, Wednesday (27/9. (Photo by: Rahmat/Public Relations Division)

President Jokowi talks to reporters at the Jakarta Convention Center, Wednesday (27/9. (Photo by: Rahmat/Public Relations Division)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he has already met Commander of the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) General Gatot Nurmantyo to discuss the General’s statement about issue of illegal purchase of firearms in a closed meeting with TNI senior officials at TNI Headquarters in Cilangkap last week.

“Last night after I returned from Bali, I met with TNI Commander at Halim Perdanakusumah Airport and he already explained (the matter),” the President said to reporters after visiting 2017 Kriyanusa Dekranas Exhibition at Jakarta Convention Center, Wednesday (27/9).

Regarding the validity of points raised by TNI Commander during the meeting, President Jokowi affirmed that the explanation from Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto is already clear. “So I supposed I don’t have to repeat it,” the President said.

Asked about the explanation given by TNI Commander, President Jokowi declined to elaborate on that. “Regarding the explanation given by TNI Commander, I can’t explain everything,” President Jokowi said.

As previously reported, in response to the issue of illegal purchase of weapons, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs said that the purchase of 500 firearms by the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) would be used for intelligent education.

“Those firearms will be used for intelligence education and done by a government institution,” Wiranto said in Jakarta on Sunday (24/9). He added that those firearms were not imported abroad but ordered from state-owned weapon manufacturer PT Pindad.

Wiranto added that the issue emerged simply because of miscommunication among related institutions. “I have talked with TNI Commander and the Indonesian National Police. It’s only a matter of miscommunication” Wiranto said. (DND/RAH/ES) (EP/YM/Naster) 

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