Constitutional Court (MK) chief Mahfud MD says that he has no objections to
the Judicial Commission’s (KY) authority to be able to tap into the phone calls
of judges, a law which will be implemented at the end of the year.
“MK as an institution does not have an opinion. But Mahfud, as the MK chief,
has submitted his phone number, as well as those of his wife, child and home
number. So, I don’t have a problem because tapping is only done when a there
are already suspicions or indications linked to a person,” he said on Sunday,
as quoted by kompas.com.
The Judicial Commission is expected to cooperate with the Corruption
Eradication Commission (KPK) and other law enforcers such as the police and
prosecutors, as has been regulated in the KY law No. 18/2011.
Mahfud said that implementing the wiretapping would hopefully help improve
cooperation between law enforcers.
KY’s tapping authority applies not only to conventional court judges but
also anti-corruption court judges who are suspected of violations. The results
of the tapping will be used as evidence and a point of consideration in
deciding sanctions for the implicated judge.