Jokowi, KPK to meet to discuss Criminal Code revision
Marguerite Afra Sapiie
The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is set to meet with commissioners of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday to discuss a revision to the Criminal Code (KUHP), which the antigraft body believes may threaten its authority.
“The meeting will take place [on Wednesday] afternoon,” Presidential spokesperson Johan Budi confirmed.
The KPK has argued that the revision, which includes corruption-related articles, could hinder the progress of its work in solving corruption cases.
A section of the bill regulating special and extraordinary crimes, including corruption, could end up curtailing the antigraft body’s power, the KPK has said. The commission has also spoken out against several articles on corruption in the bill that carried lighter punishments.
The antigraft body previously sent five letters to Jokowi, expressing its objections to the revision. It has also conveyed its hope to meet with the President and discuss the issue.
Jokowi, who had ordered the matter to be settled under the Office of the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister, has said the government is committed to strengthening the KPK’s power.
Reports circulating on media said Jokowi would hold a meeting at the Bogor Palace, West Java, at 2 p.m. (ebf)
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