An avid social media user, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently shared with his 15 million Instagram followers that, after a delay of several years, Indonesia and Switzerland will soon ratify a Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) agreement.
This is a positive development. As the President explained to his Instagram followers, the MLA will enable Indonesian and Swiss financial institutions to trace illegal financial activities committed in both countries.
The recovery of stolen assets has become a top priority in Indonesia’s anticorruption agenda. Last year, Jokowi issued Presidential Decree No. 54/2018, which details a national strategy to prevent corruption, and Government Regulation No. 43/2018, which encourages citizens to serve as anticorruption “whistleblowers”. These legal frameworks represent a significant step forward...
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