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KPK to challenge House inquiry

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, June 8, 2017 | 11:19 am
   KPK to challenge House inquiry An activist displays a poster stating, “We fight together with Novel Baswedan” as an expression of support for the senior investigator of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Novel, who became a victim of an acid attack in April, was a leading investigator in the KPK's investigation into the e-ID graft case. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has said it will question the legality of the House of Representatives’ move to launch an inquiry against it.

“We will check whether KPK is among the institutions referred to in the article about the House’s inquiry right in the 2014 Law on Legislative Institutions [MD3]," KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah told reporters on Wednesday.

Article 79 of the 2014 Law only mentions that the house has the right to launch an inquiry into government institutions. The 2002 Law on KPK stipulates that the antigraft body is an independent body and not part of the government.

The antigraft body also argued that the inquiry was illegal, as three political parties—the National Awakening Party (PKB), the Democratic Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS)—had opposed it.

The lawmakers have said that the inquiry is meant to evaluate and improve the work of the KPK, which has sent a number of lawmakers to jail for graft. The proposal to launch the inquiry, however, was made after the KPK stepped up its investigation into the e-ID graft case, which has implicated top politicians.

The KPK has taken the House's claim with a grain of salt, saying that the House may actually try to curtail its powers. (kuka/ary)

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