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Does the antigraft body need the police?

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Jakarta   /   Mon, August 5, 2019   /  03:11 pm
Does the antigraft body need the police? Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) employees form a human chain around their office in Jakarta on Thursday. They were sending a message that they were not afraid of intimidation in the wake of the latest assault on a KPK investigator by an unindentified man at Hotel Borobudur on May 18, 2019. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana )

Despite claims the National Police’s deployment of their members to the country’s antigraft body is well intentioned, we need to examine whether it is really necessary. The presence of police elements in the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) would not necessarily increase the effectiveness of the anticorruption agenda. Moreover, two high-ranking police officers of the nine candidates for KPK commissioner posts are suspected of intervention into a previous KPK investigation of alleged corruption within the National Police. Although the KPK selection committee and National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian have said the selection process for commissioners and investigators would be run independently, this claim is problematic. Indeed the National Police and the Attorney General’s Office have made considerable contributions to the KPK so far, but the KPK was ...

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