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KPK can name Setya Novanto a suspect, again

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 4, 2017   /  10:40 am
KPK can name Setya Novanto a suspect, again The KPK has a number of options to consider after Setya managed yet again to slip through its fingers. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The South Jakarta District Court revoked last week the decision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to name House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto a suspect in the e-ID card scandal, saying the antigraft body lacked sufficient evidence to prosecute the Golkar Party politician. After the sole judge hearing Setya’s pretrial petition, Cepi Iskandar, banged the gavel, the House speaker was no longer a corruption suspect. Many have questioned the logic of the judge’s arguments, particularly because the KPK had collected at least 200 pieces of evidence to prosecute Setya. Nonetheless, the court’s decision must be respected. However, this should not stop the KPK’s efforts to prosecute Setya in the mega corruption case, as the pretrial motion is a procedure that is deemed flawed. The KPK has a number of options to consider after Setya managed yet ...

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