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Jakarta Post

Constitutional Court's dignity in jeopardy

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 13, 2018   /  10:34 am
Constitutional Court's dignity in jeopardy Court chief Arief Hidayat (center) leads a trial at the Constitutional Court, Jakarta on Jan. 12, 2017. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

That public faith in the Constitutional Court has declined to the lowest level is undeniable. It all happened after the Court’s ethics board found Court chief Arief Hidayat guilty of breaching the code of ethics for the second time. In the most recent case, the board discovered Arief had lobbied House of Representatives politicians prior to his selection as Court justice for a second term last December, which should have made him unfit for his current post. Previously in 2016, the board had convicted him of committing an ethics violation for sending a letter to the Attorney General asking for special treatment for his relative who works in the Attorney General’s Office. Analogous to a soccer game, a player who receives a second yellow card in a match will automatically get his marching orders. Additionally, the player will automatically receive a one-match ban. If the f...

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