KPK wants powers to probe
international cases

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has announced plans to investigate foreign public officials implicated in international bribery cases by adopting a similar mechanism to the international Anti-Bribery Convention of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The OECD Convention encourages sanctions against bribery in international business transactions carried out by companies based in Convention member states.

“Many bribery cases in Indonesia involve foreign players. That is why we want to learn from other countries, including those in the OECD, in how to tackle foreign bribery,” KPK inter-commissions and agency network development chief Sujanarko told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Sujanarko lamented that currently the commission lacked powers to prosecute foreign public officials — both foreign state officials and foreign private actors — linked to graft cases in Indonesia.

“Until now we have only been able to [prosecute] Indonesian state officials who accepted bribes and have ignored international [cases],” he said.

At the same time, Sujanarko added, eradication of corruption is also a serious consideration for multinational companies in Indonesia. “Many of them came to KPK to consult first on corruption matters before they made business deals.”

On Tuesday morning, the commission is set to launch a two-day International Conference on Foreign Bribery in International Business Transaction in Nusa Dua, Bali.

Participants from various institutions in 35 countries will join the event, which is also supported by the OECD.

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