Police withdraw investigators from the KPK
The National Police have confirmed the force are withdrawing 20 investigators currently posted at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
KPK detectives are originate at the National Police although the 2002 KPK Law allows the antigraft body to recruit its own investigators. KPK investigators work under five-year contracts which can be renewed.
National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said on Sunday the investigators had been asked to leave the nation’s top antigraft body, because their tenures would soon expire.
“We will replace them with our best detectives,” Boy said.
The revelation of the police’s plan to withdraw the investigators came amid the tense relationship between the KPK and the National Police after the former launched an investigation into an alleged high-profile graft centering on the procurement of driving simulators by the National Police Traffic Corps (Korlantas) in 2011.
KPK spokesman Johan Budi said only one of the 20 investigators was directly handling the simulator case. He, however, agreed that the sudden and massive withdrawal would undermine KPK’s overall performance.(iwa)