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KPK inquiry in limbo as House factions give mixed signals

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani
    Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, May 19, 2017 | 10:45 am
KPK inquiry in limbo as House factions give mixed signals Under investigation: The Jakarta Corruption Court's judge panel confronts Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators Novel Baswedan (right), Ambarita Damanik (second right) and M. Irwan Santoso (second left) with House of Representatives member Miryam S. Haryani (left) in the third e-ID graft case hearing on March 30. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

The House of Representatives is waiting for House factions to send their representatives to an inquiry team established to carry out an investigation into the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

The House’s Consultative Body (Bamus) was supposed to have mapped out the stance of all factions toward the KPK inquiry and to decide whether it would proceed with the plan during a meeting on Thursday. However, as of Thursday evening, no factions have submitted names to the team.

So far, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) is the only faction that has officially declared a stance toward the KPK inquiry. The PKS has stated that will will not send a representative to the team. Joining the team would mean weakening the KPK, the party said.

House Deputy Speaker Taufik Kurniawan said most of the factions wanted more time to make a decision. “We’ll wait for all factions to send their representatives and declare their stances,” Taufik told journalists after the meeting.

The House recently made a controversial decision to exercise its right of inquiry against the KPK. It is widely believed that the move is an attempt by the House to stymie the KPK’s investigation into the e-ID case, a case that implicates many senior House members. (ebf)

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