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Mahfud says he is all for
the tapping of judges

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.

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