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Change of Command at the Bali Police

General Arif Wachyunadi Replaces General Budi Gunawan After Short 10-Month Reign as Baliís Top Cop

(12/26/2012) According to various reports in the Bali press, the Chief of Police for the Island of Bali, Inspector General Budi Gunawan, has been formally shifted out of his position as the island’s top cop in November with little fanfare or public notice.

Changes in top command positions in the Indonesian police force are enacted via “secret telegrams” issued by the National Police Headquarters.

The official spokesman for the Bali police, Commissioner Hariadi, confirmed to the Bali Post that the subject telegram has been received confirming the transfer of Guawan to a new post and his replacement by Inspector General Arif Wachyunadi from his former role as expert staff on social and political matters at police headquarters.

Gunawan new assignment is as the head of the educational institution for the Indonesian police (Kalemdikpol) and represents a promotion to a post that informally puts him in contention for the role of National Police Chief that becomes vacant with the retirement of General Timur Pradopo in January 2014.

Prior to his short 9-month assignment as Chief of the Bali Police, Budi Gunawan served as an adjutant to (then) President Megawati Soekarnoputri.

Gunawan’s (show on balidiscovery.com) name was also mentioned  widely in the press in connection with suspicious, sizeable bank accounts held among leading police officials, charges Gunawan has vehemently and repeatedly denied.