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Jakarta Post

LPSK to protect whistle blowers

  • Andreas Arditya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 6 2008   /  10:30 am

The newly founded Witness Protection Program Institute (LPSK) has begun talks with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on reducing punishments for whistle blowers in corruption cases. "Witness protection includes, among others, identity protection, legal protection and penalty reductions," Abdul Haris Semendawai, head of the LPSK, said after meeting with KPK chief Antasari Ashar on Wednesday. Abdul Haris said the 2006 law on witness protection stipulated that persons implicated in criminal cases can have their punishments reduced if they provide law enforcement agencies with genuine evidence. He said the LPSK, which was inaugurated last August, needed to raise awareness of the law and coordinate with law enforcement agencies, including the KPK, which has benefited from the testimonies of implicated witnesses in many corruption cases. He sa...