Indonesia’s chief of police has been quoted as saying he knows what happened to doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
General Sutarman is alleged to have dropped his bombshell at a Friday meeting in Jakarta between senior airline officials from the airline Lion Air and police.
“I spoke with the Chief of Police of Malaysia Tun Mohammad Hanif Omar, I know what really happened with the MH370,” he is cited as saying by Indonesian news site Kompas.
Cryptically, Gen Sutarman declined to elaborate on just what he claims to know about the aircraft, which went missing on 8 March with 239 people on board.
The newspaper adds: “It is possible General Sutarman is aware Mr Omar had retired but had simply not mentioned that when he referred to him.”
Gen Bakar is said to be “shocked” by the report.
Meanwhile the Indonesian Embassy appears to be questioning whether the conversation happened at all.
Police attaché Aby Nursetyanto told Bernama news agency: “The reporter will be summoned by the Indonesian Police Chief to clarify the report. Action will be taken if he failed to show any proof.”
The channel adds: "Following the report, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) denied... that they and the Indonesian Police knew what actually happened to MH370."
Indonesian newspaper Tempo quotes a police expert who has urged Gen Sutarman to “be transparent.”
Bambang Widodo Umar of the University of Indonesia, said the statement had caused confusion.
He told the newspaper: “If it was supposed to be classified, he should not tell it.”
Stating that Gen Sutarman had no option now other than to reveal what he knew, he added: “The police know more about it. Why don’t they reveal it?”
The same newspaper quotes Gen Sutarman as saying: "The Malaysian Police and I have known the truth, but I will not reveal it here."
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